This young woman manages a 15-pound (7 kilo) bird with a 8-foot (230 cm) wingspan that is capable of taking down a wolf or a deer, though the hunters usually go after rabbits and foxes (graphic video). Usually only boys are trained, but Ashol-Pan’s brother was drafted into the army, and she wanted to continue the tradition.
Asher Svidensky commented that Asholt-Pan was more comfortable with the large bird than the apprentice boys.
I remember wanting to learn some of my father’s carpentry trade, and his not being up for that–not wanting his little girl to be around the language and other aspects of construction. I could have chosen to learn more than I did, but I am so hopeful that more young women–and older ones for that matter–can learn skills that will make them as happy as Ashol-Pan seems to be as an eagle girl hunter (not huntress).