The World Nomad Games were organized as a cross between the ‘Nomad Olympics’ and a mega-PR exercise for Kyrgyzstan. Here at the Ethno Village over 150 yurt tents were set up inside a small national park in the mountains. Three days of exhibitions and performances were meant to showcase a wide variety of Kyrgyz traditions. This man, a Salbuurun (Eagle Hunting) master, waits for the start of a procession of horseback actors in traditional dress. In the mass of the excited crowd, this man stood out because he seemed to perfectly strike a balance between tradition and modernity. Literally five seconds later another horseman completely blocked my line of sight, so I was fortunate to see this when I did!

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