The Tomorrow Boy of Kalash

How ancient pasts inform their future
Mar 07, 2020
Sardar and his grandfather, Sher Ahmed Khan, in his home.
Sardar and his grandfather, Sher Ahmed Khan, in his home.
Sardar’s home in Krakal where he lives with his parents and siblings
Sardar’s home in Krakal where he lives with his parents and siblings
Sardar with his friend Ashiq who works in the Frontier Corps.
Sardar with his friend Ashiq who works in the Frontier Corps.
Young Kalasha at one of the Choumous Winter Solstice celebrations in Anish village, Bumburet Valley, Kalash.
Young Kalasha at one of the Choumous Winter Solstice celebrations in Anish village, Bumburet Valley, Kalash.
Sardar explaining the mistake he made that cursed his community.
Sardar explaining the mistake he made that cursed his community.
Sardar feeding the cattle on his land. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Sardar feeding the cattle on his land. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Sardar’s grandmother in her 200-year-old home that still has only the basic necessities. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Sardar’s grandmother in her 200-year-old home that still has only the basic necessities. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Sardar holding a picture of himself on his “Butsambaik”, a ceremony that celebrated his adulthood when he turned 9 years old.
Sardar holding a picture of himself on his “Butsambaik”, a ceremony that celebrated his adulthood when he turned 9 years old.
Sardar with his cousin, Irene, discussing the fine he had to pay for his mistake.
Sardar with his cousin, Irene, discussing the fine he had to pay for his mistake.
Sardar outside his father’s hotel that he plans to take over one day.
Sardar outside his father’s hotel that he plans to take over one day.
Sardar in his room. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Sardar in his room. Photo: Khaula Jamil
Nineteen-year-old Irene is studying to become a registered tour guide in Bumburet Valley.
Nineteen-year-old Irene is studying to become a registered tour guide in Bumburet Valley.

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