Kazakh people in the Altai region of western Mongolia often go horseback riding with eagles. Every year, about 70 Kazakh eagle hunters participate in the Golden Eagle festival. During his trip here, professional photographer Massimo Rumi witnessed, photographed the festival and experienced the Kazakh nomadic lifestyle.
The Kazakh tradition of eagle hunting goes back about 4000 years ago.
The tradition of eagle hunting dates back to the nomadic Khitan people from Manchuria (northern China) around 940 AD.
The Kazakhs cope with extreme weather – 40 degrees C in winter.
Today, very few Kazakhs go hunting by eagle even though this tradition is a symbol of their cultural heritage.
Photographer Massimo Rumi said: ‘My photos depict the nomadic life of the Kazakhs, their unique culture and the tradition of horseback riding to hunt fox and macadamia by eagle.