Kassel, Hesse, Germany : Kassel University Press, 2015.
Book — xiv, 182 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map, charts, tables ; 24 cm
GENERAL INTRODUCTION AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
ANCIENT HISTORY OF ASIAN FALCONRY
Earliest representation of human and raptor interaction: North and Central Asia
Falconer Figures in Ancient East Asia: China and Japan
ETHNOGRAPHIC NARRATIVE OF ALTAIC KAZAKH FALCONRY
Traditional art and knowledge of eagle-taming process
Eagle falconers in hunting operation: Contemporary operations of horse riding falconry and its decline
CULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY OF EAGLE FALCONRY
Socio-cultural actions geared towards sustainability: Heritage tourism & cultural alterations in Altaic Kazakh falconry
Social-ecological basis for sustainability: Transhumant animal herding livelihood for eagle-ownership facilitation
Conclusions on the future sustainability of Altaic Kazakh falconry: falconry as a gift of human-raptor harmony
List of tables and figures.
"This research project focuses on current eagle-taming falconry practice of the Altaic Kazakhs animal herding society in Bayan Ulgii Province in Western Mongolia...It aims to contributing both theoretical and empirical criteria for cultural preservation of Asian falconry...Falconry culture used to hold a significant status in human history, not only as avocational hunting, royal sport and panache of higher strata, but also even as a source of literal imaginary. However, falconry cultures, especially across Asian territories, have been undergoing a decline through the process of modernization during the last century. This threatens with disappearance from human history those cultural resources and the century-lasting legacy of 'art and humanity sense'. Hence, an initial purpose of this thesis is to seek both theoretical and empirical criteria for cultural preservation of Asian falconry. This cultural and even enironmental discourse is illustrated with concentrated field research designed by ecological anthropology and ethno-ornithology from the viewpoint of 'Human-Animal Interaction (HAI)' and 'Human-Animal Behavior (HAB)'. The theoretical framework of this project also includes a protection of 'Traditional Art and Knowledge (TAK)' developed by Kazakh eagle masters. The current situation is characterised by the absence of basic socio-cultural information, precursory research and a theoretical framework surrounding Altaic Kazakh falconry. This research therefore departs from three initial questions: (1) When and where did raptor taming custom start? (2) How and why can Altaic Kazakhs tame Golden Eagle? (3) How can we conserve indigenous eagle falconry for the future?" --Excerpted from Summary, page iv, by Takuya Soma.