Kalash girls celebrating the Joshi (Spring) festival in the village of Anish in Bomburet valley. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Hector Salazar. 

Kalash girls celebrating the Joshi (Spring) festival in the village of Anish in Bomburet valley. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

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Kalash girl from the Bomburet valley. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Christophe Boisvieux. 

Kalash girl from the Bomburet valley. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by Christophe Boisvieux



Domes of the Chitral mosque with the Tirich Mir mountain (7,708 m) in the background. Tirich Mir is the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush mountain range and the 33rd highest mountain in the world. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Axiom Photographic. 

Domes of the Chitral mosque with the Tirich Mir mountain (7,708 m) in the background. Tirich Mir is the highest mountain in the Hindu Kush mountain range and the 33rd highest mountain in the world. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by Axiom Photographic



Young Kalash women perform a purification dance after going through menstruation. These rites must be performed after menstruation or childbirth. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Earl Kowall/Corbis Images

Young Kalash women perform a purification dance after going through menstruation. These rites must be performed after menstruation or childbirth. Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by Earl Kowall/Corbis Images



Kalash necklace, found in the Kalash valleys of Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The necklace has names of former Afghan kings. 
Via Kalash Shop. 

Kalash necklace, found in the Kalash valleys of Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The necklace has names of former Afghan kings. 

Via Kalash Shop



Headdress of a Kati Woman

Kati women wore horned headdresses, with four horns made of human hair. (The birth of a four-horned goat was considered a very auspicious omen of divine favor.) Robertson witnessed one of these women’s dances at Lutdeh in Kafiristan. He wrote that while the men were away on a raid, the women leave off their field work and gather in the village. For most of the day and all night long they do nothing but dance and feast [Robertson, 621]. 

Kati Kafirs (also known as Siah-Posh Kafirs, meaning “Black-Robed Unbelievers”) are from the Bashgal valley of Nuristan province, Afghanistan. 

Headdress of a Kati Woman

Kati women wore horned headdresses, with four horns made of human hair. (The birth of a four-horned goat was considered a very auspicious omen of divine favor.) Robertson witnessed one of these women’s dances at Lutdeh in Kafiristan. He wrote that while the men were away on a raid, the women leave off their field work and gather in the village. For most of the day and all night long they do nothing but dance and feast [Robertson, 621]. 

Kati Kafirs (also known as Siah-Posh Kafirs, meaning “Black-Robed Unbelievers”) are from the Bashgal valley of Nuristan province, Afghanistan. 



AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan. 1992. Grandfather and granddaughter.
Photograph by Steve McCurry. 

AFGHANISTAN. Nuristan. 1992. Grandfather and granddaughter.

Photograph by Steve McCurry



Kalash tribe celebrating Joshi (spring festival) in Rumbur valley, Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by JanieB. 

Kalash tribe celebrating Joshi (spring festival) in Rumbur valley, Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by JanieB



Kalash tribe celebrating Joshi (spring festival). Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Steve McDonald/Backpackology.

Kalash tribe celebrating Joshi (spring festival). Chitral district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by Steve McDonald/Backpackology.



Joshi (Spring Festival). Chitral district, Khyber Pakthunkhwa province, Pakistan. 
Photograph by Cheree Franco. 

Joshi (Spring Festival). Chitral district, Khyber Pakthunkhwa province, Pakistan. 

Photograph by Cheree Franco