PESHAWAR:The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province launched its “Presevation and Promotion of Kalash Valley” mission over the weekend.
Nawazud Din, analysis officer on the directorate, stated the Rs60 million ($543,000) mission goals to promote and conserve the outlandish culture of the feeble Kalash community — an endangered minority in the Hindukush mountain belt of Chitral in northern Pakistan — to boot to to entice tourism.
“Kalash has a huge deal of tourism doable,” he suggested Arab Recordsdata, announcing both native and worldwide vacationers would gain the position had worthy to supply.
Kalash structure is a varied mixture of feeble woodcraft and the medieval traditions of resolve work. Kalash constructions normally feature magnificently carved wood pillars and beams decorated with human and animal figures and effigies — each one depicting a definite story and superstition.
The position — divided into three considerable sub-valleys: Barir, Bamboret and Rumbor — is moreover identified for its native handicrafts, including the spinning and weaving of rugs, carpets, belts and headgear. Sayed Gul Kalashi, manager of Chitral Museum, stated the valley’s inhabitants is currently a piece over four,000. And Kalash activists had been elevating concerns over the recede with which that quantity is shy.
The Kalash tribe has been settled in the valley for hundreds of years. The of us are widely believed to be descended from Alexander the Mountainous’s troopers. Certainly, Kalashi suggested Arab Recordsdata that when a community of Greek nationals arrived in the valley a pair of a long time in the past, the locals had been unnerved on the resemblance between them and their guests.
The later Greek guests, she stated, “labored for the welfare of the locals” and earned their admire. They launched training and health initiatives “since the position is underdeveloped and lacks frequent facilities,” and moreover build up a museum in Bamboret.
Chitral’s deputy commissioner, Irshad Sadhar, suggested Arab Recordsdata that native authorities have banned the absorb or sale of land in Kalash valley in recount to give protection to cultural heritage web sites.
“We are keeping their places of adore, graveyards and where they normally dance at some point of their gala’s,” he explained, including that they are moreover “creating places for vacationers too.”