“If you see a bunch of eagle hunters charging up a mountain on horseback, you understand how Mongolia nearly conquered the world again with Genghis Khan,” says Cedric Angeles. “They’re nearly at one with their animals.” The New Orleans–primarily based photographer, whose work focuses on disappearing cultures and traditions, first met a bunch of Mongolian eagle hunters throughout a visit to the nation almost a decade in the past—and even then, he knew he had to return. “I actually fell in love with the nation—the landscapes, the individuals, and the hospitality,” he says. “However I used to be additionally fascinated by the relationships between the hunters and the eagles themselves.” Historically, hunters have partnered with eagles to outlive through the use of them to seize animals for meals.
The Mongolian eagle hunters, who lead nomadic lives and spend a lot of the yr dwelling in moveable yurts, or gers as they’re recognized, are with their eagles nearly each second of the day, and even permit them to dwell inside their houses like a member of the family. Angeles lately spent 10 days alongside a bunch of those hunters—led by a person named Dalaikhan, who’s striving to maintain the dying custom alive—and traveled throughout Mongolia’s wild terrain to an annual eagle competition held in Ulgii, a city situated within the westernmost a part of the nation. Throughout that point Angeles rode horses with them, hunted with them, shared meals with them, and naturally, photographed them. “It was heaven for me, as a photographer, as a result of there was such simplicity in the way in which they lived that it allowed me to really focus,” he says. “There have been no distractions.”