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Kyrgyz Falconers Use Falcons

Kyrgyz Falconers Use Falcons, Too The bürkütchülör, or eagle hunters, of Kyrgyzstan are world famous. In my Fulbright research on Kyrgyz falconry, I tried to understand the roots and implications of this fame, and I worked almost entirely with bürkütchülör. Lately, I’ve been regretting that I didn’t spend more time speaking to falconers who flew smaller birds of prey, …

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The Internet May Love Eagle Huntresses, but the Eagle Hunters Certainly Don’t

The Internet May Love Eagle Huntresses, but the Eagle Hunters Certainly Don’t Until last week, Makpal Abdrazakova was the internet’s favorite eagle huntress, and I played no small part in her fame. I travelled hundreds of miles by train and bus across the flat steppe of Kazakhstan to meet her in her village, do an …

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