Hunting Elk on Skis…With a Lasso!
By OutdoorAly

Posted: March 2, 2014

If it sounds crazy, that is because it is. But, it is a method that natives developed at least 5,000 years ago, and likely has ties to the modern ski culture. This history is being brought to light by writer Mark Jenkins who lived and hunted last winter with Asian tribesmen who use skis and lassos to hunt elk.

Deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia, Jenkins experienced a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least 5,000 years. Jenkins will share images and insights from his time spent deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia.

He is scheduled to talk about his experience with the Kazakh and Tuvan tribes in a free program on March 5 at 7 p.m. in Room 70 of the Fagerberg Building at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming.



Here is more from the Billings Gazette:

Wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair. These ancient skis glide smoothly over powder and yet can climb practically straight up.

The Kazakh and Tuvan tribesmen of the region used to use the skis to hunt elk. Because guns are illegal, they lassoed the beasts from their skis — a primordial tableau depicted in local petroglyphs dating from 8,000 B.C.

In his program, “Last of the First Skiers,” Jenkins explores this last enclave of prehistoric skiing, its links to the modern global ski culture, and the profound adaptability of humankind in an increasingly globalized world.

A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Jenkins covers geopolitics and adventure. In addition to his work for National Geographic, Jenkins is a writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming. His program is part of the Global Studies Excellence Initiative and continues the World to Wyoming outreach series.

Full story can be found here

Feature photo: Jonas Bendiksen/National Geographic