[ #BreakingBarriers ] The Eagle | Photograph by Audrey Jeane Edler (@audreyjeane)
“#YourShotPhotographer Audrey Jeane Edler writes, ‘Damel is a young Kazakh girl learning to hunt with the eagle. Traditionally, this role was passed from father to son. Damel is one of a handful of girls now carrying on this tradition. She bonds with her eagle daily, learning the proper way to feed, handle, and care for the bird. In Northwestern Mongolia, the eagle is not just a pet, it’s part of their cultural tradition where they are trained to hunt foxes, wolves, and rabbits for the family.’
This photo is powerful in many ways. Audrey not only made a thoughtful portrait of a young woman and her eagle, in the caption she educates her audience about how important eagles are to Mongolian culture. Another layer of education comes when she informs us that usually sons carry on the tradition of caring for eagles but Damel is one very few girls carrying on the tradition.
Photography isn’t just about capturing the right moment, but finding the moments that can delight and educate.”— @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)
March is #WomensHistoryMonth and to honor the women in our community and around the globe, @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas curated 31 Your Shot images that celebrates women to be featured each day this month. #natgeowomen