The Heart of Vastness

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Five eagle hunters cross the steppe on their horses, following the curve of a stream in Bayan-Ölgii, the western-most aimag (province), home to breathtaking landscapes. The wind howls across the steppe, and a chill creeps its way down from the snow-capped mountains

Photos and Text Manuel Libres Librodo Jr.

A photographic journey into the Mongolian steppe

A portrait of a young herder wearing a handmade hat of fox fur. This traditional Mongolian fur hat protects the wearer from the bitter cold; temperatures in Mongolia can plummet to –20°C during the winter months

A four-year-old girl in her family’s ger (traditional tent) on the remote steppe. Living a nomadic life, the family moves around three times a year, following food sources for their animal herd

A young woman prepares her golden eagle before a competition. The eagle hunting tradition has been a well-regarded skill among the nomadic Kazakh community of northwestern Mongolia for over 1,000 years. More recently, women have started training and competing in this sport –  once exclusively dominated by men.

The Golden Eagle Festival is held in the first weekend of October in Bayan-Ölgii province, at the foot of the Altai Mountains. The largest gathering of eagle hunters in the world,  it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Event. Dressed in their best hunting attire, the eagle hunters show off their skills to thousands of spectators who flock to Bayan-Ölgii from all over the world

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic Collector’s Edition/2017 ) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download a digital copy here

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