[Choice of Name and Identity] Hunzu or Kunjut, What you Call Central Hunza???
October 23, 2009 7 Comments
Keeping in view the ethnic diversity of Hunza and sense of precious identities which are so valuable for someone to identify herself or himself with is place of birth or motherland recently media has promoted three broader identities, of Shinaki, Kunjut and Gojal. More than ethnical identities these are geographical division of Hunza linked with the ethnicity of people living in these areas. However, none of the three regions of Hunza inhabit an exclusive ethnic group, it is a solvent of different and various ethnicities which are in anthropological terms calls ‘assimilated communities’. The terms of Shinaki, Kunjut and Gojal are three beautiful colours of Hunza, which makes her a diamond in the mountains.
The terms of Shinaki and Gojal are not unfamiliar for many people, which are being used for lower and upper Hunza respectively but Kunjut is an unfamiliar term for many so people questioned what it this? The media recently used ‘Kunjut’ for Central Hunza and there seems to be a consensus among the people behind the media out-lets regarding this name but what is missing is the views of public and readers, what they feel and what they mean with the word ‘Kunjut’.
In fact the word ‘Kunjut’ based on GB Times’s limited research indicates that it was used by the people of Gojal, particularly Wakhi speaking community for the Central Hunza, so its origin is in Wakhi Language, but the meanings of the term are not clear. At the same time people of Central Hunza, Brusashki speaking community and Shinaki, Shina speaking community, use the word ‘Hunzu’ for Central Hunza, again the meaning of the word ‘Hunzu’ is not clearly known, however various researches indicates different meaning to it. On this basis many people from central Hunza who approached Gilgit-Baltistan Times, expressed their concerns to the word of ‘Kunjut’ not being the identity of central Hunza. So Gilgit-Baltisatn Times wants to explore this issue further with the involvement of public and would highly value their views, for the way they want to be identified. In this regard GB Times would highly appreciate your comments, and soon it will also conduct polls for the names of ‘Hunzu’ or ‘Kunjut’ for central Hunza and would remain stick with the name which would be preferred by the majority of public.