“Rainforest Masters” (08/07/14) – In Mongolia’s stark Altai Mountains, Hazen Audel quickly learns that the greatest ally to a Kazakh hunter is another stealth predator: the golden eagle. For the Kazakhs, who raise the eagles from a young age and release mature birds back into the wild to breed, eagle hunting means survival.
The birds take down wolves and foxes — vital food supplies for the Kazakhs who also use the fur as an essential tool for battling the long, harsh Mongolian winters. Audel has 10 days to strengthen his bond with one spectacular bird, which requires spitting into the bird’s mouth to gain trust.
Before heading out on his first hunt, Audel will need to master riding a semi-domesticated horse along the near-vertical mountain slopes … all while balancing a massive eagle on his arm in sub-zero temperatures. The feat proves to be one of his most difficult challenges yet, as he misses out on capturing prime prey. Can he perfect his skills, or will the tribe go home empty-handed?
When it comes to enduring dense Amazonian jungle or the unrelenting Kalahari Desert sun, it isn’t modern technology but ancient know-how that can mean the critical difference between life and death. Reading a single, broken blade of grass … echoing a subtle animal call – these are tribal survival skills refined over centuries and mastered over a lifetime. In places where survival depends on bonding with a majestic golden eagle or interpreting the movements of constantly shifting sea ice, it’s time to leave domesticated life behind to Survive the Tribe.
National Geographic Channel’s “Survive the Tribe” tracks wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel as he journeys to some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places, immersing himself into local cultures to learn survival skills that have kept tribal people alive against the odds for thousands of years. He has 10 days to study each tribe’s skills before taking on the toughest tribal challenges that will force him to the very limit. In order to survive, Audel must rely on natural instinct, ancient wisdom and a high tolerance for drinking cow’s blood.
Along the way, Audel experiences first hand the incredible perseverance, rugged beauty and amazing fortitude that only come from living on the edge. In Survive the Tribe, he must build shelters, construct weapons and forge metal using the skills imparted to him from tribal elders before joining traditional hunts that have been an integral part of the tribes’ survival for generations.
“Survive the Tribe” is produced for National Geographic Channel (NGC) by Icon Films. For Icon Films, executive producers are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall, and the series producer is Nicholas White. For NGC, executive producers are Kevin Mohs and Carolyn Payne; vice president of production and development is Noel Siegel; and executive vice president, programming and strategy is Heather Moran.