The Kalash of Chitral

04.15.2010 | 1 Comments

I found this informative 20 minute documentary on youtube about the Kalash; a tribe in Chitral which is a valley close to the Hindu Kush and Afghanistan border in the northern Pakistan. Chitral  (and also Hunza which is in Gilgit- right next to Jammu & Kashmir) was mentioned in our Hopkirk reading last week (although Hunza played a larger part) as the playing field for British and Russian espionage and intelligence during the Great Game. 

If you have some time to spare, please watch this documentary about a people that are potentially a direct link to Alexander's invasion of the Subcontinent. The Kalash are a pagan tribe, and their numbers are steadily dwindling.

Watch documentary here


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Thank you for posting this. I love JourneymanPictures. Also--for anyone interested in cinematic adventures in the region: The Man Who Would Be King (1975) John Huston, director, starring Sean Connery and Michael Caine (IMDB: is a classic. It is based on a short story written by Rudyard Kipling, but, much like Kim, it both exposes and is immersed in cultural imperialism.

Posted by Ande on April 15, 2010 at 02:48 PM EDT #

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