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The Nightingales of Pamir: Saviors of a dying language & culture in Pakistan

UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Project has declared Wakhi a vulnerable language. According to one estimate, only 40,000 native speakers of this language are left in the world. Out of these, roughly 10,000 reside in the Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Baltistan Province, Pakistan.

In 2016, USAID, through its U.S. Ambassador’s Fund, awarded a one-year grant to the Gulmit Educational and Social Welfare Society, a civil society organization based in Hunza, for the preservation of the near-extinct Wakhi language and culture by teaching music, arranging concerts, and documenting folk songs.

CULTURE HELPS PEOPLE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER BETTER

Bulbulik is a song sung by Wakhi women while grazing livestock in the highlands of Pamir to let people who are on lower ground know that everything uphill is well. Taking inspiration from this folk song, the Bulbulik Heritage Center, set up by the organization, aims to pass on the Wakhi language to the new generations through music.

Saviors of a dying language culture in Pakistan

Established in Gulmit village in the Gojal valley of Hunza, the center acquired a traditional house, inducted trainers and collected artifacts, including old photographs, written material and musical instruments.

Read complete story https://usaidpubs.exposure.co/nightingales-of-pamir

Watch video song released by Bulbulik/USAID.

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