Academy for Democracy

    LVS 2017

    Mapping Resilience

    Ghulkin and Hussaini in Gilgit Baltistan have been reported for frequent incidents of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF). In the past 10 years, GLOFs have damaged infrastructure, crops, trees and properties of the local people living around these streams and rivers. Laajverd Visiting School aims to map indigenous and traditional resilience strategies that have developed over time in response to GLOF occurrences and explore their sustainability.

    Taking a participatory approach in our workshops on Environmental Security, Audio-Visual Cultures, Built Environment, Material Culture and Mountain Economies, we will engage with local community to understand how life is arranged and re-arranged around frequent GLOFs in order to map possibilities of alternate livelihoods and practices of co-existence amidst this hazard. Our focus lies on (but not limited to) the following developments:
    1. Climate change, particularly GLOFs and effects on agriculture, physical, social and economic infrastructure.
    2. Exponential increase in tourism, and sustainable ways of managing the influx.
    3. Rapid development due to CPEC and other initiatives
    We tried to engage with all three in detail and built a picture of how they affect nature, society and culture, and the overall ecology, both locally and downstream, with a view to developing pragmatic, holistic proposals for the regions future.

    Projects

    Indigenous Practices and Patterns Catalog

    Audio Visual Cultures assignment led participants to identify cultural practices and Built Environment workshop led to documentation of architectural patterns through the field research conducted in Gulmit, Ghulkin and Hussaini. The extensive list contains the products used and made, craft of the area, building techniques, practices, folklore, knowledge and usage of herbs etc. While all participants carried out research, special team for Practices compilation included Faryal Arif, Batool Ali, Fatiha Hamid and Zainab Nasir. Architecture Patterns were compiled by Zeeshan Ghani, Khadija Sial, Mazhar Hassan and Faryal Ali.

     

    CPEC; A closer look

    Aqsa Khalid

    My project was related to the potential impacts of CPEC on the Gulmit village. The project was intially focused upon the attitudes of people to the change that was coming. This was further linked to the history of development in Gojal in relation to the Aga Khan development Network. Furthermore, I identified the negative impacts of CPEC with close relation to the influx of tourism and the heavy transportation. I also highlighted some positive aspects of CPEC and how its already helping the people living in Gulmit. In conclusion, I had shed some light on the future prospects of this economic corridor and how the common villagers could benefit from it.

     

    Culinary innovations

    Tahreem Butt

    Food is not only the source of providing nutrients and energy to the body but it is more than a mere tool of survival. Food provides pleasure, comfort and security. Moreover, food is a symbol of religion, social status, culture and traditions which include indigenous practices and hospitality. Food plays a vital role in festivities such as religious celebrations, weddings, special occasions or funerals. Methods of food preparation, storing, serving and eating food has been evolving with the availability of local ingredients such as excessive apricot oil, Bakla, butter, cheese, yogurt and mulberry. Through this exploratory research the shift in kitchen utensils and use of space has been mapped and how these shifts have resulted loss of traditional food.

     

    Preserving folklores

    Ahsan Ali Khan

    The researcher aims to preserve the heritage of mitigation strategies in case of disasters. It will focus on the intangible heritage (mitigation strategies i.e stories, tales, cultural and religious connotations). The project will document the intangible mitigation strategies in a form of report, and later it can be converted into other mediums i.e illustrations, comics or audio stories etc. This will impact as an addition to the knowledge body and will benefit people from various fields.

     

    Training manual for embroidery

    Sarah Hashmi

    In Gojal valley one can find traditional embroidery in every household in a shape of a cap, wall hangings, cushions or a picture of an Ibex. It’s their way of art therapy. Women are still using the traditional designs. Tourists buy these embroidered objects as a souvenir. I developed a training manual for these women so they can create their own designs from the objects they use on daily basis. There are some very easy drawing lessons and exercises in the manual. The new designs will attract more tourists.

     

    Resettlement House

    Danial Khyzer

    Having researched and studied the pattern language of Gojal Valley, Danial’s proposed a house design based on the cultural practices and built patterns on Gojal Valley. The planning and design takes into account the climate and weather conditions of the valley.

     

    Disaster Games

    Somana Riaz, Mariam Asghar, Sarmad Shafiq,Fatima Hussain, Zahra Hussain

    Information collected for developing Hazard profile of Hussaini Village led the participants to develop Disaster Awareness games for local children. Three games were designed and developed; hopsotch, cards game and board game that will enable children to learn what steps to take in case of a hazard or disaster. These games were appreciated by the local community.

     

    Hazard Profile of Gojal Valley

    Somana Riaz

     

    Waste Management

    Hamnah Jillani

    This is an exploratory research with an aim to investigate people’s understanding of waste in traditional and subsistence economy. Moreover, to comprehend how the ecology of villages is being transformed owing to the shift towards market economy and what practices are being adopted to manage waste, which is new for the system? Interviews were conducted with local people to figure out the current practices. This work is an attempt to propose sustainable solutions for the community.

     

    Empowering Local Women

    Hadiya Amir