Friday, June 24, 2005

Gratuitous Afghan Nomad Picture of the Day (XV)


Kuchi ("those who move") nomads on the edge of the Panjshir Valley.

2 Comments:

Blogger doug said...

Images like this always fascinate me. As I sit behind a computer about which I have precious little knowledge and can only hope it starts up when I want it to, these people are doing the same things they have probably done for hundreds of years.

It truly is another world. Do you notice that the trappings of 'modernity' are making more of an impact on these ancient cultures or are they still pretty much isolated from everything we take for granted? Does it appear to matter at all to them or is the 'outside world' simply not really there for them at all ?

8:16 PM  
Blogger Major John said...

Thousands of years. 5,000 or so is their own reckoning.

They were fairly sophisticated for being nomadic and all. I dealt with them on many occasions. The only comparison I can come up with is the Gypsies that still live in Europe. More or less outside the mainstream, but they have to be very adroit and sharp to survive. They know of the rest of the world - but are still happy enough with their lives to remain as they have been. Will it continue and for how long? These I cannot answer.

10:23 PM  

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