I saw a documentary called the Eagle Huntress about a young Kazak girl who became an eagle hunter.
The movie covered a desolate but exquisite landscape of the barren side of the Altai mountains. The Kazaks in the film were tribal and lived in yurts in the summer and stone shelters in the winter. Their clothing and housing looked Mongol to me. I’ve never been near there. I don’t know the tribes and can’t distinguish any of the Kazak tribes from the Mongol tribes. Khan seems to be a common last name for nearly everyone.
All of which leads to the two themes of this blog. First, Wikipedia is rather Puritan. I know from much anthropological reading that the tribal Mongols are matrilineal because conception occurs at one of the 4 seasonal orgies that last four days. You never know the father so matrilineal is the consequence.
This knowledge led me to introduce the Mongolian Ring in San Francisco. The Mongols use a gold ring on the penis to maintain an erection for a long time. I marketed Mongolian Rings made of narrow strips of Velcro. Within a few years of my marketing, Mongolian Rings became popular in the gay community and still are.
I have no way of knowing whether the Kazaks in the film are sexually similar to the tribal Mongols. The film theme is that the heroine is a girl and eagle hunting had always been male. We are not told if the girl’s tribe is matrilineal. Any tribal society would likely divide work skills into gender categories. So eagle hunting being male seems a reasonable explanation for the theme of the film.
The second point from the film relates to my quest to get members for my ‘Leave Them Alone’ organization. The film is very clear that the Kazak tribal people are happy living on the dirt with farm animals in Yurts with wood and dung fires as traditional people. They have voluntarily incorporated into their tribal world motorcycles, pickup trucks, solar panels for light and radios.
My whole failed campaign has been to get the world to understand that tribal peoples worldwide want to stay tribal and will accept the parts of Euro-American technology that they want. Otherwise they want us to ‘leave them alone.’
The movie shows that point but is incapable of understanding that.