In 2003 a groundbreaking historical genetics paper reported results which indicated that a substantial proportion of men in the world are direct line descendants of Genghis Khan. By direct line, I mean that they carry Y chromosomes which seem to have come down from an individual who lived approximately 750+ years ago. As Y chromosomes are only passed from father to son, that would mean that the Y is a record of one’s patrilineage.
Genghis Khan died roughly 790 years ago, so assuming 25 years per generation, you get about 31 men between the present and that period. In more quantitative terms, 10% of the men who reside within the borders of the Mongol Empire as it was at the death of Genghis Khan may carry his Y chromosome, and so 0.5% of men in the world, about 16 million individuals alive today, do so.
To travel to Mongolia, the birthplace of Genghis Khan, to document modern day Mongolian family life, (which has changed very little in the past 8 centuries), to camp with a family of ‘Snow Eagle Hunters’ capturing daily nomadic life, food preparation, living conditions, farming, hunting, livestock, FAMILY, the wondrous landscape and harsh realities of survival in this unforgiving environment…
To reach back for a glimpse at the patrilineal Family of 0.5% of men, or 1% of the world’s total living population (Women included).
Captured on analogue film, including aerial drone footage.