The Mongolian Chronicles – Eagles, Demons & Empires

This lecture series is based on Allen Smutylo’s recent travels to Mongolia. The talks will include excerpts from his forthcoming book – tentatively titled, Eagles, Demons and Empires: The Mongolian Chronicles – other written accounts, historical research, avian biology, original artwork, a full-length film, photographs (personal and historic), and creative musings.

Series Coordinators: Joan Irvine and Gord Edwards

 

Series Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2020 to Thursday, February 20, 2020
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
The Land of Golden Eagles
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

A detailed look into the rarified life and the nomadic culture of the legendary eagle hunters of Mongolia. This insight comes from Smutylo living with seven eagle hunters and their families during two trips to the Olgii – Bayan area of West Mongolia, in 2016 and 2017.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.

Title:
The Eagle Huntress
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

A presentation of the 2015 award-winning documentary film, featuring the 13-year-old Mongolian girl, Aisholpan, who learns to become an eagle hunter. This is followed by a discussion of the film’s impact and accuracy.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.

Title:
Back to the Future - Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

A look at how Mongolia is currently resurrecting its past identity, back to the time of Genghis Khan and the infamous Mongols - the largest (and perhaps the most unlikely) empire the world has ever seen. The talk will survey how the Mongols came to conquer and dominate 100-million people from the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Europe.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.

Title:
Mongolia at the Turn of the 20th Century
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

A little-known, but equally fascinating (and turbulent) part of Mongolian history occurred in more recent times. At the beginning of the 20th century, with its former glory a faded memory, Mongolians found themselves shackled and subjugated by the imperialistic ambitions of their surrounding neighbours.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.

Title:
The Eagle Brand & Shamanism
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This lecture will explore avian biology and intelligence, including why the eagle (and specifically the golden eagle) has become an emblematic symbol for nations, states, empires, tribes, sports teams and companies. As well there will be a brief review of the Mongolian’s past and present belief in shamanism and the spirit world.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.

Title:
The Hunt
0.00 CAD
Date: 
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

This final week will explore the ethics and future of the Mongolian eagle hunting culture, including Smutylo’s experiences hunting with the nomads and their golden eagles.

About the lecturer 

Allen Smutylo

Allen Smutylo: Big Bay resident Allen Smutylo has extensively journeyed to some of the world's most remote places. His artwork and writing from these experiences have garnered a large following and numerous awards, including the Goverenor General's Literary Award nomination for The Memory of Water. Allen has spoken previously at BALL to great acclaim.