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3 June 2024

Exploring the Ancient Hunting Traditions of the Pamirs

This article explores the hunting culture among the mountain people - Tajiks and provides a brief analysis of the existing literature on hunting, written by both local and international scholars, researchers, and travelers who have passed through this region at different times. The work sheds light on the cultural significance of traditional hunting for the Marco Polo sheep and wild goats among the indigenous peoples of the high mountain regions of the Tajik Pamirs. It also offers instructive examples of the responsible and sustainable use of wild fauna, emphasizing its transmission to future generations. In doing so, this work raises important issues related to the ethics of hunting, as well as ecology and environmental protection, which are particularly relevant in today's world.

About the author 

Qurbonidin Alamshoev is a Ph.D. candidate in historical sciences and a senior researcher at the Institute of Humanities named after academician B. Iskandarov of the National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan (Khorog), a specialist in the intangible cultural heritage of mountain regions of Tajikistan, Research Institute of Culture and Information of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Alamshoev is also an accomplished author, with over 20 books and brochures to his name, focusing on the history, culture, and nature of the Tajiks in the Pamirs. He has received prestigious awards for his contributions to journalism and holds the title of Excellence in the Press of the Republic of Tajikistan.