Falconry was added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2010, in countries including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
In the comeuppance of northern Qatar, children with a falcon perched on gloves on their left arms show off their stalking catcalls in a shot to save an age-old tradition. These” Little Birders” have gathered in a roof ahead of the football World Cup in the gas-rich Gulf emirate, in a shot to introduce callers to a practice inherited from their fathers. Falconry was added to the UNESCO list of impalpable artistic heritage in 2010, in countries including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
” This is my first participation in the competition,” says 11- time-old Breik al- Marri, dressed in flowing white blankets beside his falcon Gasham, a leather hood gumming the raspberry’s view.
” I love Gasham and I take care of him,” Marri said, sliding his left arm into a thick leather crucible to cover him from the raptor’s sharp talons.
” Firstly a means of carrying food, falconry. has been integrated into communities as a social and recreational practice and as a way of connecting with nature,” the culture agency said.
” I learned this sport from my progenitors, father and uncles,” said Marri.” I learned from them the strength of determination and how to take care of the falcon.”
Marri explains that the hood helps keep the raspberry of prey calm. As soon as the falcon regains sight, he says, the geste changes.
” formerly, my family came while the falcon did not have the hood on, and he tried to gentle the raspberry, but the falcon smelled him,” he said.” The falcon was spooked!”
Marri lately shared with a dozen others in the” Promising Birders” contest for 11- 15 time pasts.
The contest sees each youthful birder choose the perfect moment to release their raspberry in order to catch their prey, a lure gestured about 200 metres( about 650 bases) down.
The winner of the contest is the birder whose raspberry captures the prey the quickest.
Also taking part in the contest was 15- time-old Saeed al- Jamila, who named his falcon Hayya– after the special addict passes for the FIFA World Cup, which runs from November 20 to December 18.
Expressing excitement at the further than one million suckers anticipated to descend on his small nation for the event, he hopes to shoot a communication encouraging them to try falconry themselves.
” They should try it, they will not lose anything,” he said.” It’s a beautiful sport.”
But while excitement crawled for the youthful birders in this division, it was really the” Little Birders” aged six to 10 who stole the show.
One by one, they traced out in a row, each holding a stalking bag, while on their right arm they balanced the catcalls whose claws were bigger than the children’s hands.
Eight- time-old Hamad al- Nuaimi stepped out in front of the panel of judges, who began questioning on stalking tools, their uses and parcels.
At one point, Nuaimi stumbled for a response to one of the questions, only to be helped along by one of the judges.
The purpose of the contest is to” save our heritage and that of our fathers. We’re passing this heritage to this generation,” says panel member Saad al- Muhannadi.
The little birders are also tested on their capability to duly remove the catcalls’ hoods, also to successfully place them from their arm to a perch, securing their bases using a special knot.
” Hunting teaches a man perseverance and tone- reliance,” said Muhannadi, as the strong scent of coffee drifted from hard.
He hoped that the hosting of the World Cup would grant Qatar the occasion to” spread our culture and public identity”.
Falconry” is an ancient sport, whether in Qatar or other Gulf countries, it’s an authentic sport,” he said. Read More News…