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Interviews of Older and Respected Falconers – A project to Preserve our Heritage.

The Falconry Heritage Trust became a Supporting Member of the IAF at the 2013 AGM in Valkenswaard.  They have called on the IAF to assist with a project that they plan.  This is a project to record, in various ways, the memories and thoughts of older and respected Falconers from around the world.  This project has relevance for us as it will record, for all time, the wisdom and the historical record of Falconers who have created our current “golden age of Falconry”. 
The Member Organizations of the IAF are requested to identify someone to run this project on their behalf and who will liaise with the Falconry Heritage Trust.  They should then identify those Falconers within their club or region who merit interview for this permanent record.   Details of this project follow below.
This project has relevance for every country and every club, whether falconry is a recent development in your country or whether it has been practiced for 4 thousand years; whether it is legal and thriving or struggling under legal restraints. This is your story and we need to record and remember it.  Please take the trouble to engage with this effort and contribute to the world heritage of Falconry.
Adrian Lombard
IAF President, October 2013.

Interviewing the most senior, respected and successful Falconers ~ A global project of Falconry Heritage Trust.
FHT is planning to start a new long term project whereby the most senior, respected and successful falconers initially from the main falconry countries (later followed by other locations) are interviewed to ensure that their life experiences as falconer are preserved in some detail. 

A pre-selection of suitable candidates will at the request of the FHT be made by the national falconry clubs, followed by a final selection by the FHT. Predetermined questions will be asked to ensure that all points of interest are covered. The interview will ideally be conducted by an experienced falconer with the use of a dictaphone, video-camera, camera, mobile phone and scrap book. A written version of the interview may become unavoidable in those cases where the falconer is interviewed in his native language and a translation into English will be required. The FHT will make the interview public on its website (YouTube) and will preserve the material in its data base for posterity.  


To preserve a piece of national falconry history for education of future generations of falconers and for research and promote falconry as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity.


To ensure that the questions are answered truthfully and realistically and to avoid that a too rosy picture is painted, the interview process should ideally be conducted by an experienced falconer who is not in a close relationship with the person to be interviewed. To ensure a good quality of our project a critical approach of the interviewer will be a requirement. Often an interview will have to take place in the native language of the falconer to be interviewed. This may require the presence of a translator and afterwards a translation of the video material into English. To interview several people in one country during one visit of the interviewer could save costs. If an interview is conducted by means of a videocamera it will be nice to insert some old photographs of the falconer at different stages of his life (child, teenager, adolescent, adult). 
In practical terms a list of questions might be forwarded to the people to be interviewed in advance to allow them to gather their thoughts and perhaps make notes in advance. The list of questions having a function of the most general guidelines. Video will be posted on a special section of FHT web-site. For Audio, we can accept any format of audio file, but would suggest that using both mp4 and ogg would cover most browsers. Obviously length affects total file size, which affects download speed for our website visitors, so splitting things into shorter chunks in separate files is probably good practice.
As the first stage of the project for evaluation of amount and volume of work we have to know how many falconers can be interviewed, how many volunteers can help in this job and where do they live for facilitation of logistic. We will be grateful if national representatives of all IAF club-members could provide a short list with several names of the most relevant falconers for interviews and who would like to participate in this job as soon as possible but please not the later than 15.12.2013.  When we will know how many people should be asked and how many people can help in such a project, we can sort out all the rest questions and develop the next stages.
Contact us:
In the case of any questions please don’t hesitate to ask Jevgeni Shergalin, an archivist of the Falconry Heritage Trust – fht@falcons.co.uk, www.falconryheritage.org, skype – Shergalin, https://www.facebook.com/falconryheritagetrust