The Kazakh tribe in western Mongolia has a 6000 year tradition of falconry. Selected individuals all start being trained at the age of 13, and only boys are ever considered. Until now.

Cultural traditions will always evolve with the times in our ever-changing world, even in the remote Bayan-Ölgiy Province in western Mongolia. For 6000 years, boys were the only ones trained in falconry, a tradition that lasted just until recently. Not anymore. Ashol Pan, a 13 year old girl, was chosen to be trained as a falconer, a development and honor not lost on the Mongolian girls and women who have all dreamed of training falcons.

Just look at this girl. A true pioneer.