Hunt like a nomad!

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When we are learning about certain nation and culture, here comes a good question: well, what did they do for living? Did they grow fruit and veggies? Or went hunting? If yes, then how?

Kyrgyz people, as nomads, did not really have developed agriculture. They constantly moved and lived among cool mountains, which made them want only meat. So, they usually went hunting. Although there were different tools for hunting, falconry was one of the most popular ways.

The people of Kyrgyzstan always preferred eagles over hawks and falcons. Training them takes about 3-4 years for the hunter, or “berkutchi,” to successfully hunt with a golden eagle. However, after it is trained, the berkutchi will be able to hunt with it for over a decade.

When the berkutchi takes his eagle out to hunt, he wears a heavy leather glove and will leave the hood over the bird’s eyes until he spots an animal running across a meadow. When he removes the hood, the eagle quickly hones in on the prey, springboards of his master’s arm and attacks. The eagle will then swiftly break the neck of its prey, which can be anything from a rabbit to a fox to a young wolf. Trained to wait for its master, the eagle won’t begin eating until the berkutchi is at his side. The eagle only eats a portion of the kill. The rest of the meat and the animal pelt are used by the berkutchi.

Chinese poet and Kyrgyzstan…?

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Chinese classical poet Li Bai… One of the greatest people from classical literature. The one that makes every Chinese person proud. But! What connects that legend with this country after all?

The thing is, Li Bai the poet was born in Kyrgyzstan according to the history. More exactly, he was born and spent some years of his life in Tokmok, small town an hour away from today’s Bishkek city. For the ones, who still doubt, there is a couple lines from his poems, written in Tokmok.

Amongst the flowers is a pot of wine
I pour alone but with no friend at hand
So I lift the cup to invite the shining moon,
Along with my shadow we become party of three

Tokmok is the evident of much more history than we can imagine at first sight. Burana Tower is another ancient heritage and national treasure of modern Kyrgyzstan. So, it will be a separate topic to talk about later on!

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Modern nomads

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It is really hard to find an absolute nomad in our times. Because of the progress around us, the life getting easier. Humanity is using everything in its power to create comfort, so who needs that old life full of difficulties?

Well, the one in whose blood is running nomadic spirit does not really think it is hard at all. In fact, it is that being stuck in on e place, which cuts their wings. I found, that even the ones who already moved to big cities and started a new life, still long for escape back to their tents in valleys. They look forward summer holidays to go there and enjoy being away from the noises of big cities.

This article describes the experience of a nice writer, who traveled to one of the nomadic places on Earth and experienced their lifestyle.

Nomads of Central Asia

Arcadia Abroad

World is a very interesting place to live in! When we cannot imagine our lives without checking phones and social network, there are still some people, who can live even without an electricity! As you probably guessed, they are the members of Amish country, or nomads. We will be focusing more on nomads here.

Before the Russian colonization on 20th century, nomadism was the style of life that many nations had. More exactly, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Only after the colonization did they become urbanized. However, you still have a chance to see exactly the same lifestyle people are living now and even experience that yourself, thanks to the great amount of travel packages to the breathtaking valleys of Asian countries.