Lifestyle • 17 February, 2020

An 11-year-old boy from Kazakhstan is the youngest falconer

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The youngest falconer of Kazakhstan is Erasyl Serikbekuly, 11 years old. He lives in Sofiyevka village near the Kazakh capital.

We met Erasyl at the National berkutchi contest dedicated to the 175th anniversary of great Kazakh thinker Abai Kunanbayuly held in East Kazakhstan. 

"My hawk's name is Chipok, it will be one y.o. soon. My father is an eagle hunter. My grandfather Kuntugan was also an eagle hunter. This isn't my first contest", says young falconer.

We had an opportunity to speak to young contestant's father Serikbek who also participated in the berkutchi contest. 

"My father Kuntugan taught me this national tradition. According to him, we are the fourth generation of our family who practice eagle hunting. I have four golden eagles and one hawk. I brought to this contest my father's eagle named Akbalak. A 25-year-old eagle is the oldest bird here," says experienced eagle hunter Serikbek who is passing his knowledge to his son Erasyl. 

Hunting with eagles is a traditional form of falconry found throughout the Eurasian steppe and is a very ancient tradition in Kazakhstan.

In 2010 Falconry is added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

 

East Kazakhstan region, Kazakhstan. 

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