The Resource The Kalasha : rites of Spring, directed and produced by John Sheppard, (electronic resource)

The Kalasha : rites of Spring, directed and produced by John Sheppard, (electronic resource)

Label
The Kalasha : rites of Spring
Title
The Kalasha
Title remainder
rites of Spring
Statement of responsibility
directed and produced by John Sheppard
Title variation
The Kalasha
Title variation remainder
north west frontier Pakistan : rites of Spring
Contributor
Director
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Kalasha are a tribal people, 3,000 strong, who live in the high valleys of the Hindu Kush mountains in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The Kalasha are unique as a pagan people in this Islamic Republic. Joshi, their three day festival of song and dance, rituals and sacrifice and the re-telling of legends celebrates the coming of spring and encourages chivalrous romance between the sexes. All this provides a colourful focus for this film which explores the life and customs of the Kalasha. Before the menfolk depart to the high mountain pastures for the goats' summer grazing they present the women with goats' milk and bread that has been ritually purified. The women sing their thanks, praise and food and clamour for more. Whilst the men are away, the women stay in the narrow valleys, tending their tiny terraced fields of wheat, maize and millet. The Kalasha are worried that their way of life is under threat. The naively mortgaged land and walnut trees to their Chitrali Muslim neighbours, often in exchange for paltry loands. The Chitralis now covet the profits to be made from exploiting the cedar and holm oak which grow in the Kalasha valleys. The Pakistan government is aware of the problems and would like to safeguard the Kalashas' existence as a flourishing minority culture and tourist industry. But a future as a 'zoo people' within a tourist park does not appeal to the Kalasha. They are happy to welcome tourists at their festivities and they appreciate interest in their customs, but they are pragmatic about its value to them
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Additional physical form
Previously released as DVD.
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
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Ethnographic video online
Date time place
Recorded in Balanguru, Pakistan
Language note
This edition in English and Kalash with English subtitles
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1940-2009
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  • Sheppard, John
  • Parkes, Peter
  • Alexander Street Press
Runtime
55
Series statement
  • Disappearing world
  • Ethnographic video online, volume 2
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  • Kalash (Pakistan people)
  • Ethnology
  • Pakistan
Target audience
general
Label
The Kalasha : rites of Spring, directed and produced by John Sheppard, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
alexvideoASP2193674/ant2
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (55 min.).
Form of item
online
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)877880144
Video recording format
other
Label
The Kalasha : rites of Spring, directed and produced by John Sheppard, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
alexvideoASP2193674/ant2
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (55 min.).
Form of item
online
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
(OCoLC)877880144
Video recording format
other

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