Now, to get on with the topic.
Up in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia live the Kazakh nomads. They have an ancient tradition of “eagle hunting” (hunting with eagles, not actually hunting eagles). Traditionally, the practice is passed down from father to son, but that does not mean that there have never been female eagle hunters in history. In fact, there are records of eagle huntresses that go all the way back to the 10th century AD. The challenging conditions up in the mountains mean that men and women must engage in riding and hunting together. While there is a general acceptance of eagle huntresses in the Kazakh community, there are those who strongly disagree with women participating.
The Eagle Huntress shares the story of Aisholpan, a 13 (now 14) year old girl who, with the help of her father and blessing of her grandfather, sets out to become an eagle huntress. To do so, she competed in the Ulgii eagle festival and went hunting in the harsh winter, which is extremely difficult for any expert eagle hunter. Defying expectations and challenging every obstacle, her bravery and persistence guide her to her goals.
Today, Aisholpan is studying hard at school in hopes of working in medicine. When Aisholpan eventually leaves for school, her younger sister plans on keeping up the family heritage of eagle hunting. Furthermore, there are now more young girls showing up to the Ulgii eagle festival and competing.
For anyone reading this, regardless of who you are, always strive for your ambitions and have the courage and persistence to execute them.