Pakistan's Hindu Kush Mountains

Collection with 19 media items created by Jodi Hilton

Pakistan 01 Jul 2008 08:00

High in Pakistan's Hindu Kush Mountains live a 3000-strong minority tribe called the Kalasha. Surviving through agriculture and practicing an ancient, polytheistic religion. They are under increasing pressure to convert to Islam, the majority religion.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (18 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash woman and girl look through the doors of a Kalash temple. Brun Village, Bumburet Valley, Chitral Region, Pakistan.

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Pakistan's Endangered Minority
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
28 Jan 2013

The Kalasha, a 3000-strong non-Muslim tribe from Northwestern Pakistan, is increasingly under pressure to give up their traditions and conform to Islamic culture and religion.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (16 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash boys play a version of “Cat’s Cradle” at the Kalasadur School for Kalasha children in Bumburet. The school was built with money from Hellenic Aid, led by aid-worker Thanassis Lerounis. Lerounis was later kidnapped and held by extremists for eight months.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (17 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash children practice traditional dance at the Kalasadur School for Kalasha children in the Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (15 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash children attending a mixed Kalasha and Muslim school built by the Agha Khan Foundation.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (14 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash girls wearing veils while attending public school in Brun Village.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (13 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Family members doing chores in a Kalash settlement, Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (12 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash girl cares for her brother while her mother prepares “cahaka” and unleavened bread made of corn. Brun Village, Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (11 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash girl and her grandmother. The Kalash believe themselves to be descended from Alexander the Great. Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (10 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash girls look out from inside a Bashali-- a women's house. Kalash women segregate themselves during menstruation and childbirth.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (9 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Fatha Rahman brings freshly cut hay onto his roof for storage. .

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (7 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash girl preparing to bathe, Bumburet, Pakistan. Her “susutr,” (headdress), hangs on a nearby tree. Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (5 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

A Kalasha family on the porch of their home, Brun village.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (3 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Kalash settlement, built into steep valley walls, where one home’s roof is another home’s patio. Bumburet Valley.

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Kalasha People of Pakistan (2 of 18)
Chitral, Pakistan
By Jodi Hilton
01 Jul 2008

Zarifa, a Kalash teacher, instructing music and dance, Kalasadur School, Bumburet Valley.