Three MUST-reads for ANY #journalist #investigativejournalist #writer on #culture, #photographer #photography, or #documentary #filmmaker trying to cover the #Kazakh #eaglehunting #eaglehunter #eaglefalconry #falconry culture of #WesternMongolia #Mongolia or the #goldeneaglefestival s there. DO YOUR HOMEWORK (letters capitalized for emphasis), fact-check to share truth!: 🗣📰📢🔎👩🎓 1. Partnership and Understanding Between Kazakh Pastoralists and Golden Eagles of the #Altai Mountains : A Multi-Species #Ethnography by Lauren Mueller McGough. PhD Thesis. March 2019. #LaurenMcGough PhD, is also an #eaglefalconer (I gather she prefers that term to #eaglehuntress ) Pay special attention to Chapter 1 subtitle "The Bigger Picture". 🔥🗣📰📢 2. When the Hunt is Over: Culture and #Conservation in Kazakh Eagle Falconry. Nolan R. Ebner, PhD. 2016.
3. Human and Raptor Interactions in the Context of #Nomadic Society: #Anthropological and Ethno-Ornitholpgical Studies of Altaic Kazakh Falconry and its Cultural Sustainability in Western Mongolia. PhD Thesis. Takuya Soma, PhD. 2015
Note: dates noted are when the works were published, read the studies themselves for timelines.
Reading these three, in my opinion (having read every study I could get my hands on) key #academic works will help you gain journalistic/photojournalistic/research/reporting integrity and help prevent your work from merely being a vehicle for state-sanctioned tourism advertising which dearly wishes you to believe all is as it appears on the surface. Go to Western Mongolia because it is a magnificent place to experience...But go with your eyes open and be careful what you write by ensuring you are not just parroting the poorly/partially researched articles that have come before.
#MeghanFitzJames, Vancouver, B.C. Investigating🔎
This post is in my opinion.
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Meghan Fitz-James, Vancouver, B.C., Canada