Second World Nomad Games alive with colour and history

The Olympic games can stand aside. Here comes the World Nomad Games 2016.

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Kazakh and US (red) riders play the traditional Central Asian sport Buzkashi also known as Kok-Boru or Oglak Tartis during the World Nomad Games 2016 in Cholpon-Ata on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, some 270 kms outside the capital Bishkek, on September 6.

The Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan is hosting the World Nomad Games, a competition where polo players ditch their mallets and try to catch a dead goat instead.

The Games, which opened on Saturday on a picturesque mountain plain in eastern Kyrgyzstan, bring together athletes from 40 countries including Russia and the United States where nomadic traditions are strong.

The World Nomad Games features such unorthodox sports disciplines as eagle-hunting and bone-throwing.

Arguably the highlight of the games is the horse-riding competition, called Kok-boru, which dates back to when men used to hunt wolves that preyed on their livestock. Fierce competition is also expected in "stick wrestling," an event in which two competitors try to gain control of a small stick.

Among the spectators has been American action-movie actor Steven Seagal, who claims part-Mongol ancestry.


In this photo taken on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, U.S. actor Steven Seagal rides a horse during the opening ceremony of the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.

"I was lucky to visit friends, who gave me, as a special guest, the head of a ram to try, and then I was able to try horse that was cooked for me. It's fantastic," Seagal was quoted as saying by the state news agency Kabar. "This is what I eat and what I like."

Barbara Ornelas, of the Native American Navajo tribe, said she sees a connection between nomadic peoples.

"There is only one difference between the people of Kyrgyzstan and my people — it is the language," she said, according to Kabar.


Fireworks explode in the sky during the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2016.


Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2016.

 


Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2016.


Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2016.


Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the World Nomad Games 2016.


Artists perform during the World Nomad Games 2016.


Kyrgyz women present traditional crafts, clothes and food in front of yurts (nomad's tents) during the World Nomad Games 2016.


Artists perform during the World Nomad Games 2016 in the Kyrchin (Semenovskoe) gorge, some 300 kms outside the capital Bishkek, on September 4, 2016.


In this photo taken on photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, a Kyrgyz man prays during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.


In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, people in traditional clothes depict a nomad village during the second World Nomad Games 2016.


In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, a family cooks traditional food during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.


In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, participants hold golden eagles for an eagle hunt during the second World Nomad Games at Issyk Kul lake in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan.


Kyrgyz women perform in front of yurts (nomad's tents) during the World Nomad Games 2016.

 

Source: 
AP