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Amazing pictures of the wolf-skin clad Kazakhs who keep 4,000-year-old traditions alive 

Eagle hunting is today practised by very few Kazakhs. It's a tradition that can be traced back to central Asia and represents one of their highest expression of their cultural heritage

The Sydney-based photographer said: 'The pictures capture the nomadic life of the Kazakh and their unique culture and the century-old tradition of riding with golden eagles to hunt for foxes and marmots.

'Their difficult lifestyle is one that's gone unchanged for centuries. As nomads, Kazakhs eagle hunters live in ger tents and they move three times a year, along with the family's livestock, which usually includes goats, yaks, horses and sheep.'

The Golden Eagle festival sees golden eagles soaring through the air at speeds of up to 200mph as well as horse racing, archery and Bushkashi, which is a goatskin tug of war on horseback.
Other pictures show the hunters wearing their traditional costumes, complete with fur coats made of marmot, fox or wolf skins, which have been caught by their eagles.






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