Portraits, Wakhi in relation with other people of their areas

The origin of the less than 100,000 Wakhi people is Wakhan corridor from where they emigrated but also where they, sometimes, partly came back. Their movements are explained by religion changes (Zoroastrian, Buddhism, Islam), trade, pastoralism, wars (Chinese, Tibetan, Arabs…), oppressions from local rulers (Wakhan Mirs), or more distant ones (Badakhshan Emirs, Bukhara Emirs, Yarkand Khan…), Afghanistan’s harsh annexion with the Pashtun Abdur Raman, Russian and Chinese communism, etc.

Wakhi of Gojal (Upper Hunza, Pakistan)

Pakistan Wakhi — Left: Passu, Sabeen, one of Mr. Berham Baig’s daughter, with stunning green eyes. She was already a little actor for a Pakistani TV movie | Right: Passu, a village teenager playing drum with Chapursan’s musicians, in Hassan Sardar Tajik’s cafe-restaurant
Pakistan Wakhi — Left: Zoodkhun, a local gentleman on a horse visiting Alam JanDario | Right: Young people at the music festival, Passu Face Mela. Some Pakistani people, from the South of the country, could not believe this picture represents local people. The cultural gap could be an issue in case of a growing domestic tourism.

Wakhi of Tajik Wakhan corridor

Tajikistan Wakhi — Left a farmer in Yamchun (Tajikistan) going to irrigation works in the morning. | Right: Young Wakhi girls in Vrang (Tajikistan), in fashion pink color, and with nail varnish, altought the nicely fitted scarf on the left head looks more local and is particularly photogenic.

Wakhi of Afghan Wakhan corridor

Afghanistan Wakhi - Young boy and young girls on a roof in Khandut, Afghan Wakhan
Afghanistan Wakhi — Left: A farmer doing irrigation works in Khandut | Center: Kiamadin* & Shikriya* in Qala e Panja | Right: A ranger in Qala e Panja

Pamiri of Tajikistan

Tajikistan Pamiri — Left: Tusion, Tajik Pamir, The wise Abdurahim with kids who adore their grand father, a retired « tractorist ». The baby has a Pamiri hat. | Right: A lady in Khorog
Tajikistan Pamiri — Left: Odinasho (right) a very smart young boy with a cousin having eyes of an incredible blue colour which may be unusual even in Europe. Both are Abduraim’s grand son (see above). | Right: Tusion, Pamir, Farzona, a lovely daughter of Davlatmir, the English teacher.

Kirghiz, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China

Kirghiz of Tajik Pamir — Left: Zarburuliuk jailoo ,near Rankul, Alt 4 150 m, young Kirghiz children. All young girls are dressed in red. | Right: Ak Balik, Alt. 3900 m, Alichur Valley, Tajikistan — Zhaikebek, an aksakal
Kirghiz of Zarburuliuk, Tajik Pamir — Left: , Guli prepares yoghurt in a yurt | Right: Baktugul with her children: Alibek, Hassan, Katisha & Kerim in the yurt

Gujars of Kaghan Valley, Pakistan

Gujars: a young girl and man from mountains at lake Saif ul Malook, Kaghan Valley (south of babusar Pass). The community and the environment of these people are being spoiled by domestic tourism.

Punjabi (Lahore, Islamabad…) from Pakistan

Punjabi: tourists from the south at Hussaini bridge, Upper Hunza

Pathans (Pashtuns) from Pakistan

Mohamed & his wife, both doctors, are Pathans from Peshawar. Here they are with their three children at at lake Saif ul Malook, Kaghan Valley (south of babusar Pass)

Balochi from Pakistan

Balochi people: Balochistan is a poor, conservative and unstable region of South Pakistan with a dramatically low literacy level. Balochi people live also in Iran and Afghanistan.

Know more about Wakhi people culture with Pamir Trails

Pamir Trails, Chapursan tour company, can present Wakhi culture in northern Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
Pamir Trails, Chapursan tour company, can present Wakhi culture in northern Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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