Invasion of Tourists Threaten Unique Kalash People

Published June 13th, 2019 - 06:29 GMT

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival - but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.

As celebrations kick off, tourists with phones jostle to get close to Kalash women, whose vibrant clothing and headdresses contrast starkly with the more modest attire worn by many in the conservative Islamic republic.

They worship many gods, drinking alcohol is a tradition and marriages of choice are the norm - unlike in the rest of Pakistan where unions are often arranged. Members of the community often wed in their teens, with women poorly educated and expected to perform traditional roles in the home.

Stories about the Kalash are nonetheless frequently fabricated, and this has been amplified in recent years by the proliferation of smartphones and social media.

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In this picture Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance to celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In this picture Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance to celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In this picture a Kalash woman wearing a traditional dress knits clothes outside her house after celebrating 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In this picture a Kalash woman wearing a traditional dress knits clothes outside her house after celebrating 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In this picture  Kalash elderly men watch women dancing as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In this picture Kalash elderly men watch women dancing as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP

Portrait of Kalash tribe woman in national costume at Joshi fest (Shutterstock)

Portrait of Kalash tribe woman in national costume at Joshi fest (Shutterstock)

In this picture Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance to celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture a Kalash woman wearing a traditional dress knits clothes outside her house after celebrating 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture  Kalash elderly men watch women dancing as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Portrait of Kalash tribe woman in national costume at Joshi fest (Shutterstock)
In this picture Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance to celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance to celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture a Kalash woman wearing a traditional dress knits clothes outside her house after celebrating 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture a Kalash woman wearing a traditional dress knits clothes outside her house after celebrating 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture  Kalash elderly men watch women dancing as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In this picture Kalash elderly men watch women dancing as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Kalash women wearing traditional dresses dance as they celebrate 'Joshi', a festival to welcome the arrival of spring, at Bumburate village in the mountainous valleys in northern Pakistan. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions.  AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
In a remote valley in Pakistan dozens of Kalash minority women dance to celebrate spring's arrival -- but as a gaggle of men scramble to catch them on camera, the community warns an influx of domestic tourists is threatening their unique traditions. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
Portrait of Kalash tribe woman in national costume at Joshi fest (Shutterstock)
Portrait of Kalash tribe woman in national costume at Joshi fest (Shutterstock)