What a wild adventure our Mongolia trip was in October 2019. In this video I go more in depth about how the locals live – from nomadic families, to eagle hunters, to city dwellers.
My favourite part was meeting the Eagle Hunters.
I’d like to introduce you to Zamanbol, one of the 10 Eagle Huntress’ in Mongolia (there are 350 men with eagles) and she instantly became my absolute girl crush. This sweet 15 year old girl flashed me a smile as she walked past in jeans and a t-shirt when I first met her. A few hours later she appeared out of the Ger (Nomadic dwelling) dressed up with a 6kg (13lbs) eagle on her arm. My heart froze. I had no idea we would be one of the lucky ones to meet an Eagle Huntress.
Zamanbol goes to school in the nearby city during the weekday and on weekends she hangs out with her brothers, cousins, nephews and her eagle.
Legend has it that 800 years ago when this tradition started, a woman was the first to tame and train an eagle to protect her cattle (read my precious post where I’m holding an eagle to find out more of the story).
Overtime this information got lost and increasingly it became a male tradition.
I admire women no matter what we do or don’t do, no questions asked. We are sisters, mothers, bosses, care takers, sensual, strong, vulnerable and everything in between. But when you sprinkle badass dust in the mix, I melt completely.
And more so, I appreciate deeply fellow humans of all genders that can spot a woman powerhouse when they see one. The act of recognition of greatness in another is an important practice.
It was a joy to hold the eagle as well. A once in a lifetime opportunity. And yes…these birds are extremely heavy.
Check out the previous Mongolia Episode:
MYSTERIOUS MONGOLIA – Eagle Hunters, Nomads, Deserts and Extreme 4WD Travel for Adventurous Tourists
Thank you to Follow The Tracks for making this happen:
Creators on the trip:
me – @sorelleamore
Partners: @cbd_manufaktur @escapetomongolia @petromax.germany (the cooking gear) @ikamper (rooftop tent)
Lots of love to you all 🙂
Thanks for being here on my journey.
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