We send out a bi-monthly newsletter titled The Chattahoochee Driftwood newsletter where we share some helpful links, quotes and then I input several things that I have recently found interesting. One of the stories that I input for this week is about the Kalash people of Hindu Kush.
:Inserting a wee bit of historical setting for you, feel free to skip the next paragraph if the backtracking does not interest you:
If you want to go on a several thousand mile journey surpassing thousands of years and millions of people…google Indo-Aryan peoples. It is mind blowing. And it goes all the way back to the Pontic-Caspian steppe; which stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from the northeastern corner of Bulgaria and southeastern Romania, through eastern Ukraine to western Kazakhstan (so, a pretty sizeable area).
This “small” rabbit trail began with a documentary on the Kalash people that I watched. The Bumburet Valley is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen and I had no idea that it existed in Pakistan. If you don’t check out the documentary at least click on the link to the Bumburet Valley! It reminds me of West Virginia. There are currently 4,000 Kalash people living at the foot of the Himalayas between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Many of them claim to be descendants of soldiers of Alexander the Great, although genetics seem to prove otherwise. Their homes are incredibly beautiful. They seem very reminiscent of houses you would find in Switzerland.
If you have 42 minutes, it would definitely be worth your time to watch. Check it out here The Last Kalash of the Hindu Kush!
I do hope that you enjoy the pictures I’ve taken this past week. We have had some glorious sunsets, a few summer storms, and all the flowers.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy. St. Francis of Assisi