Trip to the Pistachio forest (Pastalaek)

Special Collections > Blair Brainard Peace Corps in Afghanistan Photographic Collection
Herāt (Afghanistan : Province)
Bādghīs (Afghanistan : Province)
Brainard, Blair, 1942-
positive slide
Coverage - Temporal
Radford University. McConnell Library. Archives & Special Collections.
Another view of the tea house. On the right are three women Peace Corps volunteers. Women Peace Corps volunteers rarely if ever wore a chador or had to cover their hair like many Afghan women in the rural areas of the country. I used to say there were three sexes and three sets of rules for the country at that time. Men Afghan and foreign were free to do whatever. Afghan women had to observe local custom which would mean a full covering chador or at least a headscarf in rural areas. And finally women Peace Corps volunteers who were unique as they had many of the male privileges of dress but could at the same time were able to meet with Afghan women in all the women's areas. Standing on the far right is my good friend and co-worker in the Herat Tourist Office Fazlul Haq Nawa. The Blair Brainard Peace Corps in Afghanistan Photographic Collection captures the photographers experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, primarily in the city of Herat, 1965-1968.
Copyright for this collection is retained by Radford University. The images are available for free personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that proper citation is used (Brained, Blair. The Blair Brainard Peace Corps in Afghanistan Photographic Collection. McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections, Radford University, Radford, VA). Any commercial use of the materials, without the written permission of Radford University is strictly prohibited.