Indus Kohistani Culture

Indus Kohistan is the last administrative unit (District) of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK)

Province of Pakistan in the extreme North. People living in this mountainous region speak few Indo Aryan languages and therefore, they have their own ways and modes to live. Marriage and associated customs in Indus Kohistani culture shall be the topic of this paper to present. It is part of my research work on Indus Kohistani culture which was initiated back in the year 2002 and it is in its final stage of editing and formatting for publishing. In order to produce authentic information, a well reputed questionnaire, “outline of cultural materials (Murdock, 1971)” was used in data collection for this research work. This questionnaire is widely used for anthropological studies in South Asia. In addition to this, several individuals having varied ages were interviewed to get the required information, mostly the cultural values and traditions buried to the past. In order to obtain the relevant information about different traditions and cultural aspects; women folk, youth, old aged oral historians, farmers and teachers were interviewed. Apart from using the famous anthropological questionnaire, the relationship of the researcher himself to the area and culture is another aspect of authenticity of the work. There are least chances for misinterpretation of some cultural aspects, translating some words and phrases and bringing forth the true information. This research study shall be the only detailed information on the subject in Indus Kohistan, after its publication. It is well believed that this study shall be a greater resource for the researchers intending to work in this area in various fields. It shall also provide the gaps which the researchers can fill through their respective works in future. An attempt shall therefore be made to introduce this culture to outer world through this paper presentation. This paper shall therefore be a source of attracting the researchers to this least known area, its people and culture.