“We remember with honour and respect the life of Chughbai of Shimshal who returned to his creator in the month of April 2011 in Shimshal valley.
“MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE”
Chughbai was often referred to as “professor” by researchers and locals alike to honour his expert traditional knowledge of the local cycle of nature, specially the agricultural season ‘traditional agricultural calendar’ which is known as
(Diqun-hisoab) in Wakhi language.
The Japanese researchers of Nihone University while working in shimshal on the environmental education program in the 1990s gave honorific title of ‘professor’ to four individuals and Chuhgbai was among them, to recognize their outstanding indigenous knowledge.
He was the epitome of shimshal culture and tradition. Shimshali cultural and seasonal festivals always had his blessings because he was able to relate the seasonal cycles with the symbolic significance of event; that was to be celebrated.
Owning to this knowledge and faithfulness to local tradition he becomes a favored guest speaker of schools in Shimshal. For example, he would explain to school children and teacher the correct relation of livestock movement between the valley and pastures according to the traditional agricultural calendar (Diqun-hisob).
During resilience Ph.D research of Mahjabeen on shimshal in 2007, Chughbai gave generously of his knowledge future vision of Shimshal ecology and society. He emphasized how important the pasturing cycle is to all shimshal society and the central role of young women’s continuing commitment to this activity.
Chughbai leaves behind him, his wife, six sons and four daughters. Most of his children are resident in Shimshal, and his youngest son is only 14 years of age.
Contributed by Shimshal Nature Trust (SNT)