The Lord of the Eagles (Le Seigneur des Aigles)

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 14, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
About two decades ago I went to one of the early Banff Film Festivals; it had a night or two in Santa Cruz, as it traveled. I think this was 1996 or so. This short film by Fred Fougea, written by Gilles Santantonio, had won the Banff award for Best Film on the Mountain Environment. It progresses without benefit of a regular language track. Eventually I was in quiet tears, watching these Kazakhs and their eagles on the Steppes. The birds are always females, I understand. There was, however, an english voiceover that was basically the falconer Kazakh guy ruminating over having to release his eagle and acquire a new one which he then traps, as “it was time” to let his one eagle go back to the wild. This eagle had been calling to him about going back soon. That voiceover seems to be missing now though it was awfully poignant and a great addition to the essentially wordless piece. Terrific 26 minute film:


http://www.myspace.com/video/lords-of-the-animals/lord-of-the-eagles/109067328

Or

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xx7kvy_lords-of-the-animals-lord-of-the-eagles_shortfilms


BUT first watch this trailer for it, as it has the missing voiceover of the man:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6D-lsltHVk

And here is a great explanation about eagle hunting in this region:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=aEnSPYsiikY
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 14, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
One of the books I have that is something incredible and hopefully may be reprinted and seen again is from Galen Rowell.

It's Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. (Subtitled,exploring the high peaks of China and Tibet)

This book is an incredible invitation to read about the Kirghiz,Uzbek,Kazak,Uygher and Golok people of the region.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 14, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
great short movie, thanks Peter!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 14, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Peter, I'll have to watch that later. I've a special place in me heart for that neck o' the woods. I met some very soulful people there. One stands out. He had a math degree from the prestigious Frunze Academy. When I met him he was on a horse riding up to his family's summer pasture at about 10,000'. We spent the night with his mum, sister, and brother in their yurt eating mutton and freshly-squeezed goat yogurt. 35 years on I still get worked thinking about that experience. I'd post pics and go on but I don't want to burnish my rep as a thread-jacker.

OK, just the one...

Waay happy cows...and fit, too! That was one steep climb!
Credit: Reilly
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
Reilly, you've got to put out a thread on that. Many would love it!!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 14, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 14, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
And here they are hunting wolves with their eagles sometimes two eagles at a time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMVyMU4t-hs
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 15, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Now Idaho and Wyoming are going to get into Falconry BIG TIME !
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 15, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
That's funny JimB. In fact, if these people (Idaho and Wyoming hunters) want to hunt wolves, let them try it in this manner. At least there is some natural elegance to it. Incredible footage, this last link.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Love it Mr. Haan!
Now Reilly, pop with the goods already.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 07:48pm PT
Yeah, with Tarbusier here, Reilly please put your stuff up a-sap. We all would thrill to see it.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 16, 2013 - 07:55pm PT
Darn it all,
You just don't see this stuff sitn'n cubicles in the 9-to-5 anymore. Not regular.
Haven't for about 10,000+ years. That's why it's seeming so fresh.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
No kidding, T-Bird. Here we have a 26 minute (short) film that is essentially without any dialogue or explanation, holding us fast to its plot nonetheless. I do rue the lack of the original english voiceover that was posed as the voice of the falconer but the movie is so strong even in lack of it. And what a crazy crazy bond this is, eagle and eagle captor-partner. Just a terrific view on nature here.

They don't hold their eagles forever but release them after a number of years and gain new ones who they train as well. And these birds are literally feeding their human brood, in a sense, as they would their own eaglets. Just so robustly emotional, in my view.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 16, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Unreal!
Thanks for the hook up!
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:09am PT
And these birds are literally feeding their human brood,

Trained cormorants do the same for their human families in south China by fishing with strings around their necks so they can't swallow what they catch. Of course they do get fish to eat later.

Thanks for an interesting and positive thread, Peter.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
I just want to let y'all know I'm not shirking my responsibilities to you.
I will do a TR but I want to do it right which means finding the pics and
scanning them. Some are negs and that is a RPITA. And this week belongs
to the IRS, too. So, maybe a week or two?

Stand by... :-)

Credit: Reilly
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Mar 19, 2013 - 08:08pm PT
That's the spirit Reilly!!!
You know how we are too; requiring a proper date with all the trimmings and nothing less!

These really are a handsome people out there in the steppe.
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