The Ancient Arts Of Falconry & Fur Trapping Bringing Changes To The Lives Of Two Modern Men

 

Photo District News 2017 Awards Winner, Photographer Kiliii Yuyan is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his project ‘Trapper & Falconer‘. To see Kiliii’s body of work click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

Falconry and Fur Trapping are both ancient professions. Yet for Jim and Aaron, who were not raised in a culture of these historic arts, pursuing them were significant life choices. The life of a fur trapper is strenuous with few rewards. The life of a falconer is an expensive & time-consuming pursuit. Yet for both, learning the skills has bonded them to the natural world. According to Trapper Jim, a Canadian, he alone is responsible for the conservation of the fur-bearer population on his trapline. Falconry has likewise made Aaron into a raptor biologist and steward of the old-growth Northwest forests where he flies his hawks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a photographer I am drawn to the connection between people and the land. Native cultures strive to maintain a deep cultural relationship with the land, while increasingly Westerners seek to return to these land-based lifestyles. What they have found is an essence that escapes description. Says Jim, “This is how humans were meant to live.”

 

See also:

People Of The Whale

By Kiliii Yuyan

 


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