Jammu and Kashmir | My Homeland
Documentary coverage of the Aryan Village, located in the conflict zone on the Indo-Pakistani border.
The last of Aryans | Dard Tribe
Currently, there are around the Dard tribe has around 2,500 members in three small villages of the Aryan Valley in Kashmir’s cold desert. The tribes are isolated from visitors and historically forbade outside marriage, keeping their genetic origins relatively pure, their marital practice involves polygamy and polyandry. Members of the Dard tribe have Indo-Aryan features as they are tall and statuesque, have green eyes, high cheekbones, and are fair with flawless skin.
The women wear elaborate floral head-dresses that include rows of coins stitched together for ornamentation, with some dating as far as the 1890s, bright ribbons, metal trinkets and peacock feather while men sport a flower or a woven crown.
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