Lone Star College-Kingwood became the permanent home of approximately 50 black and white and color photographs and videos about the Golden Eagle Hunters of Western Mongolia.
In an effort to tell more of their story with a special twist, the college will host a screening of “The Eagle Huntress” on May 10 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC). The film, which debuted in November, features Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, who strives to be the first female eagle hunter in her family.
“We are inviting the community, students, and employees to attend this screening. This is a feel good film that showcases a teenager who wants to be the first female to raise and compete with her eagle in a long tradition of a males-only ritual and sport,” said Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president. “This film highlights a great message in that it takes persistence and hard work to go after your dreams. This is a message that many people can relate to and it is an important reminder for our students.”
“The Eagle Huntress” along with the photographs and videos on display at LSC-Kingwood, give a small insight into the life of Kazakh Golden Eagle Hunters. Traditionally male, the Kazakhs train meter-long golden eagles, and other birds of prey, to balance on their arms when they ride to hunt for foxes, wolves, hares, and others atop barren precipices and rugged landscape.
Bonnie Folkins, a Canadian artist, gifted the photographs and videos to LSC-Kingwood in 2013. Over her career, she traveled nine times to Western Mongolia to document the Kazakhs way of life. She was able to see first-hand how they traveled and worked in problematic and mountainous terrain.
“I wanted to capture the Kazakhs’ unique culture and vast, remote, and rugged landscape where the ancient art of hunting with eagles is still practiced today,” Folkins said. “My purpose of my work was to preserve their images in portraiture and my passion was to reveal their spirit.
For more information on “The Golden Huntress”, visit http://sonyclassics.com/theeaglehuntress/.
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