This is my first ever comment on this list, so namaste everyone!

I've taken the liberty of putting together a text about the Kho people. It is obviously a draft, and there is much room for improvement. I just hope that it serves as a starting point for Satdeep to create a better flowing final text for the blog. Here it is:

The Kho people (Khowar: کھو, meaning "people"), also known as Chitralis (چترالي), are a Dardic ethnic group located primarily in South Asia. They are the predominant ethnic group in the Chitral region of Pakistan. It is estimated that their current population is approximately 300,000 people, most of whom live in Pakistan, with a small population living in Afghanistan. They are mostly Sunni and Ismaili Muslims.

Kho culture is an ancient culture which places heavy emphasis on poetry, song, and dance. Folk singers, sitar and reed instrument players are respected members of the community. Kho people also have a great respect for law and order. Much of this can be attributed to Chitral being a stable kingdom for most of its history, where the rule of law and the will of the ruler came before tribal concepts such as revenge and isolationism. The festivities are mostly related to agriculture, which reveals the significance of agriculture for the Kho people.

Their language, Khowar, is a Indo-Aryan language of the Dardic branch. Alternate names include Arniya, Chitrali, Kashkari, Patu, and variants thereof. This SOV language is spoken by the Kho people in Chitral district, Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan (including the Yasin Valley, Golaghmuli Valley, Phandar Ishkoman and Gupis), and in parts of Upper Swat. Speakers of Khowar have also migrated heavily to Pakistan's major urban centres, including but not limited to Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. Khowar is spoken as a second language in the rest of Gilgit and Hunza. Dialects include North Khowar, South Khowar, East Khowar, and Swat Kwohar, with the North Khowar considered as the high variety. Kho people use Naskh and Nastaliq variants of the Arabic script to write Khowar.



2017-02-26 15:55 GMT+03:00 Satdeep Gill <>:

Awesome! I would love to write for the wikimedia blog. And yes, we should promote languages on the blog.

I will do it the next few days.

Satdeep Gill

From: Milos Rancic
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 17:47
Subject: Re: [Langcom] Khowar Wikipedia analysis
To: Wikimedia Foundation Language Committee

On Sun, Feb 26, 2017 at 1:14 PM, Satdeep Gill wrote: > I can surely prepare a paragraph about the Khowar people, language and > culture in the next two days. A couple of paragraphs, a legitimate blog post :) But it's not that hard: Wikipedia and Ethnologue could give you all necessary data and you should just arrange it: people, culture, language. We should start promoting languages on :) _______________________________________________ Langcom mailing list

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