The "real" Kalasha people

This is a rather sad story as we originally chose our name ‘Kalash’ because we identified with the Kalasha tribe of people for several reasons, but, for the safety of aid workers in the vicinity, we were asked by our supported charity to discontinue our connection. The reason given was that as belly dancers our costume exposes our bellies and could be offensive to the Kalasha people who have very strict protocols and dangerous for the aid workers if we continued to have links and give financial aid

Kelley and her husband have travelled extensively and stayed with various tribal people all over the planet and are very aware of tribal taboos. Some customs and traditions do not sit easily with other cultures and we have learned to respect that

Thankfully we were able to keep our name because the word/name Kalash has other meanings which still link to our dance

The sad part is that several years later I was approached directly by a Kalasha via Facebook asking if we could help - he was really upset when I explained what had happened and said this was not the case at all. It turned out to be the prejudice of the new chairman to the charity we had supported for several years rather than the views of the actual Kalasha people

It was too late to go back as we had since set up our own projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo - but we still feel a very strong connection with these people

 

Click here for an amazing video of the Kalasha people

 

The Original Kalash Tribe  - The Kalasha are a tribe from Chitral, tucked away in the Hindu Kush mountains of north western Pakistan, half of whom still practice the ancient animist religion.

The women wear very distinctive costumes, black skirts with heavy decorative borders and beautiful tops and stunning headdresses decorated with cowrie shells, embroidery and strands of beads. Genealogists and historians have conducted many studies to see if there truly is a link between Alexander the Great and his army and the Kalasha people who often have blue or grey eyes

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Kalash Tribal

 Kalash Tribal are an American Tribal Style belly dance performance troupe based in Devon, UK

directed by Kelley Beeston, a FatChanceBellyDance SSCE instructor teaching classes and workshops in the UK and abroad

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