Mongolian Tribe Riding Reindeer and Hunting With Eagles

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Mongolian tribe riding reindeer and hunting with eagles and wolves. The Dukha people of Northern Mongolia live primarily off the land and have a special connection with it. Living so up north, the Dukha have learned how to herd and ride reindeer, how to train wolves and teach golden eagles to hunt for the clan.

Hamid Sardar-Afhami, who is a photographer and researcher, is also the one responsible for taking these amazing photos. He is the one who can relate that these people have an intimate relationship with their reindeer and depend on them for their survival. Not only do they ride them in order to hunt, they also use the milk to make cheese and they even produce a little more income through tourism by offering reindeer rides, crafts and performances to travelers.

They hunt rabbits with the help of their eagles and wild elk and boar with their wolves. Today only 44 families of Dukha remain, which is about 200-400 people. The number of reindeer is also dwindling at about 600 currently living. Sardar-Afhami has followed them through Tibet and the Himalayas and these photos are a testament of their travels.

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