Friday, April 6, 2012

F for Food

During April, I'll be posting on the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
My theme is the Hunzas.
Today is F..... for FOOD

Food is the determining factor for the population growth in the Hunza Valley. The population has to remain constant. Visitors are welcome for a short stay but new families never move in.

Dividing up a small farm amongst children would never leave enough land to support a family so the family farm is usually left to the oldest son. Other children in the family leave the valley and settle in larger cities in Pakistan.

Scenes in the Hunza Valley


  1. Wow! Their valley reminds me of the Southwest, in particular the Mesa Verde area.

  2. This is the downside of sustainability. The need for rigid population control. I find it so sad that so many have had to move away — a situation which will continue well into the future.

  3. Love the black sheep in the clip! And the music mesmerises - such a stark stunning - harsh - area!

    Take care

  4. Their form of population control must be working.

    Did you see that bridge in the clip they were walking across? I would be the first one to fall!!

  5. Such a pure and simple life. If must be hard to have to move away from there.

  6. I've been reading about their foods on other sites and I've discovered that I like many of the foods the Hunzas eat. Maybe I'll live to be 120? If only I could give up sugar...and chocolate....

  7. A hard life by our standards, but one where it seems everyone has work to do, something to contribute to the whole. I hope they can survive and live like they want to for a long, long time. I hope that what has happened to Tibet, does not happen to them.

  8. Obviously, you cannot be born a Hunza & have a fear of heights! Parts of the video made me very nervous...

  9. Great! It will help one relate better to your future posts. I feel like I have visited, but I couldn't because those bridges scare me. And the roads. In the 1960s, I was on roads like that in Norway with my dad driving and he was not a good driver. When you met someone, I think the rule was that the car on the inside had to back up to where there was enough room for two cars to pass. Very scary for those of us born on flat land.

  10. Yes, Susieee Mac is right - it does look similar to where I live in New Mexico.

  11. this is great! i love learning about new places and the hunzas sound interesting.
    Great A-Z post!

  12. That is some really tight population control, sucks that there is no room. But as said, it must work as they are still there.

  13. 'Visitors are welcome for a short stay but new families never move in.'

    Delicate balances must be preserved.

  14. very lovely Manzanita...such a simple life; we could learn a great deal!

  15. Susiee : Parts do seem to e reminiscent of the Southwest. Pretend we're in Hunza land.

    Bear : It must be sad to know you have to leave your family and can't live near them.

    Kitty : I agree about the music. It is like flamenco music, somewhat.

    Terry : They always appear to be so fearless in the videos.... they probably are. I'm with you about heights and wiggly bridges.

    Delores : I guess I must be pretty simple too as I wouldn't mind this kind of life, at all.

    River : I'm happy to find that you love healthy food too. That was also a reason I was attracted to them in the first place. That and the mountain.

    Bish : I don't that that Karakaram highway was any help for keeping their traditions.

    Fran : I wonder if little kids just get so used to heights and then have no room for fear. I'm a sissy when it even comes to looking over a balcony.

    Inger : We have some mountain roads like that in Montana where one car has to back up. They are white-knuckle roads in my book. And.... scary thing.... people do go over them sometimes.

    Karen : Then it feels like you've visited Hunza land.

    nutschell : Thanks for dropping by and it's my pleasure to meet you.

  16. Pat : Yeah rather sad. Growing up, if one were the second son, you knew all along your older brother would get the farm and you'd get the boot. :)

    Suze : I suppose there is only enough extra food for a short-term visitor. Then adios.

    Tracy : I've been interested in these people for at least 60 years and have followed the changes that have taken place in their lives.

  17. Powerful, thought provoking, serious...

  18. Tough life, tough land. Some of it reminded me of Nepal and one night getting a single potato for dinner with dried chilli as the only flavouring - it gave me a deeper understanding of the challenges so many of the people of the world face in staying alive. Food security is something we tend to take for granted.

    Sue: An A-Z of Climate Matters

  19. Such a hard existence, yet it shows the will to survive.

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