Eagle hunter: In the mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Eagle hunter: In the mountains of Kyrgyzstan

We pull up by the side of the windswept road in the heart of Kyrgyzstan. And there, by the roadside, is the eagle hunter. Dressed in traditional clothing, tall white felt hat sitting proudly on his head, he smiles as he holds his arm outstretched, a hooded golden eagle perched on the leather gauntlet of his right hand.We have come to watch a demonstration of a hunting style that goes back into the mists of time. Here in the heartland of Central Asia, among the mountains that make up most of Kyrgyzstan, Read more [...]
Central Asia: rebuilding a heritage

Central Asia: rebuilding a heritage

I spent a couple of weeks this summer in Central Asia, visiting the Silk Road nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.These countries have had a chequered history. From a rich heritage as trading posts, and at the heart of Timur's vast empire, all three nations have natural beauty but also magnificent historic cities, fortresses, mosques and madrassahs which play a substantial part in their heritage. All three countries have withstood countless invasions and destruction of the places Read more [...]