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    Animals play an important role in many cultures. In Northwestern Mongolia, the eagle is not just a pet, it's part of their cultural tradition. Here, the eagle is trained to hunt foxes, wolves, and rabbits for the family. Damel is a young Kazakh girl learning to hunt with the eagle. She bonds with her eagle daily, learning the proper way to feed, handle, and care for the bird. Traditionally, this role was passed from father to son. Damel is one of a handful of girls now carrying on this tradition
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    Beautiful photograph, and I love the mood you captured. Your caption added so much. It was very interesting to read that Damel is a young girl who is learning this typically male tradition.

    Jessie Wender
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
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    Date Uploaded: Mar 22, 2017
    Copyright: © Audrey Jeane Edler
    Categories: Portraits, Places, People
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2017, Why We Love Pets, Strong Women