Links to Kalash Related Websites

Kalasha People A forum for computer literate Kalash, follow links at and also check out the youtube channel 'Voice of the Kalash'.

The Kalasha Times The Kalasha Times is an excellent, up to date source for news in the Kalash Valleys.

Friends of the Kalash Friends of the Kalash is the site of Maureen Lines who has been working for the Kalash longer than any other charity. Maureen divides her time between the Kalash Valleys and Peshawar so she is a very reliable source of information.

Afghan Schools
Afghan Schools is an excellent charity which builds schools in Nuristan, the Afghan province adjacent to the Kalash Valleys. Afghan Schools and Kalash Welfare have worked together in the past.

Kalash on Wikipedia Wikipedia offers quite a lot of information on the Kalash, but it is often rather dubious. The references at the bottom of the page are useful for articles and books on the Kalash Furthermore the discussions page gives an interesting insight into those who have an interest in the Kalash; largely Macedonian and Greek nationalists whose ill-informed and petty squabbles stretch back through the history of the discussion pages.

Peter Parkes' Critique on NGOs and the Kalash In this journal Dr Peter Parkes, an anthropologist based at the University of Kent offers an insightful commentary on the effects of tourism and NGO work in the Kalash valleys over the final 25 years of the twentieth century. Post 9 11 the number of tourists in the valleys has plummeted, the effect of this loss of income on the Kalash has yet to be calculated. In the light of Dr Parkes' article it would be interesting to know how this shift in the economy has effected Kalash culture.

Our Women are Free Wynne Maggi's excellent and very readable ethnography 'Our Women are Free' which concerns the lives of Kalasha women is the best online resource for the Kalash.

Merit Feasting Among the Kalash Kaffirs Elizabeth Darling's 1979 MA thesis 'Merit Feasting Among the Kalash Kaffirs of North Western Pakistan' offers a fascinating insight into an aspect of Kalash life which is rapidly disappearing. It is also an excellent source of photos from the Kalash Valleys in the 1970s.