Potohari Punjabi of Pakistan

Below are resources related to the “Potohari Punjabi of Pakistan” chapter of Native Nations: The Survival of Indigenous Peoples, 3rd Edition, edited by Sharlotte Neely and Douglas W. Hume.

Agencies & Organizations
Discussion Questions
      • Language is often important in an Indigenous People’s identity. What effect will likely result from the declining use of the Punjabi Potohari dialect?
      • Speculate on what could be done to reverse the decline.
Documentary Films
      • Final Assault
      • Like Children’s Eyes – “A short video about Bhaloti children. This has no dialogue or voice over. It’s a compilation of footage I took in the late 1990s that was put together by a former student of mine (Maria Kastrinou). Maria gets full directing and producing credit—all I did was take video of little kids on demand in the village. She worked as an intern for me over a summer and I have her access to all my video footage to code. Her ‘reward’ (apart from the internship funding) was that she could make short films out of any of the video.” — Stephen Lyon
Further Reading
      • Lyon, Stephen M.  2004. An Anthropological Analysis of Local Politics and Patronage in a Pakistani  Village.  Edwin Mellon Press.  

Contemporary Potohari Punjabi

Chapati or Roti (known in pothwari as منڈے) preparation during wedding ceremony in Potohar District Village
Chapati or Roti (known in pothwari as منڈے) preparation during wedding ceremony in Potohar District Village (Noman1985 [CC BY-SA])

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