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Kombizz Kashani

Free Member, Berkeley

Smiling Ashayeri Grandmother and grand children

I travelled with a nature tour company to Zard Koh area where Ashayer-e Bakhtiari live there two years ago.

The Bakhtiari tribe, which numbers more than 800,000, inhabits an area of approximately 67,000 sq. km (25,000 sq. mi) that straddles the central Zagros Mountains in Iran. Although only about a third of the tribe is nomadic (the rest are settled agriculturists), the nomads embody the Bakhtiari cultural ideals. They specialize in producing meat and dairy products and migrate seasonally with their sheep, cattle, or goat herds from high plateau pastures, where they spend the summer, west of the city of Esfahan, to lowland plains in the province of Khuzistan for winter herd grazing. Their migration is among the most spectacular known among nomadic paternalists anywhere. They are obliged to cross mountain passes at about 3,050 m (10,000 ft) and therefore have to time their movement with extreme care in order to minimize the danger of early snowfall, flooding mountain rivers, and lack of grazing. Traditionally these dangers took a heavy toll, but in recent years the government has helped the migration by building bridges, improving the route, and setting up fodder supplies en route.
The Bakhtiari speak a dialect of Persian called Lori and are Shiite Muslims.

The bakhtiaris are divided into two major groups- the Haft Lang and the Chahar Lang - which in turn are divided into tribes, sub/tribes and clans. No on seems to know precisely how many Bakhtiaris there are in Persia (Iran); one estimate, which may be on the high side, is of 450,000, perhaps half being migratory and pastoral, the rest agricultural and settled.

The Bakhtiari men and girl live permanently in the village of Karyak, about 120 miles south of Esfahan where the Kershan River, a tributary of Karun, serves as the boundary between the Bakhtiari and Boyer Ahmadi tribes.

Comments 23

  • toun 09/15/2009 17:02

  • 08/26/2009 23:57

    very nice pictures...
    Thank for the interesting notes on the people which you show...
  • Cherie Bradshaw 07/19/2009 22:32

    complimenti grandi emozioni per un grande reportage +++++++ ciao from neverland grazie for your attention
  • Guglielmo Antonini 03/21/2009 23:45

    excellent documentation, well done. Ciao Guglielmo.
  • paolo mensa degli esposti 03/04/2009 11:42

    I've seen all your photos, and I agree very much with your way to act. Keep in touch, Paolo
  • Andrea Tropeani 02/20/2009 18:57

    mi trasmette una sensazione di pace ...
    è una foto ricordo meravigliosa
    ciao andrea
  • Guglielmo Rispoli 02/14/2009 17:16

    Molto bella questa foto
    è un bel poster di calore umano
  • redfox-dream-art-photography 01/29/2009 23:46

    This is unique!
    Very nice!!!!!

    bw, redfox
  • Ilhan Gunay 01/26/2009 8:41

    thanks for the excellent cultural detail. I like the composition of the photo. It's a good ethnographic documentation
    woman (of any age) at work!
    woman (of any age) at work!
    Ilhan Gunay
  • Bruce Burrows 01/26/2009 0:27

    Great shot . The yarn making device is much like what I have seen the
    Navajo people using in New Mexico . Ingenuity knows no borders .
  • Georg Götz 01/24/2009 13:37

    Fine documentation of this people.

  • Francesco Margarita 11/05/2008 19:34

    What a nice family fun, beautiful photos!
    Ciao francesco
  • Alex Voicu 10/28/2008 8:59

    Wonderful photo family, I find very expressive
  • Silvio Riva 10/23/2008 0:18

    Very nice family! I see a blue-eyed girl and Indo-European faces isin'tit?
    Perhaps the country were the ancient Romans region said "Bactriana"?
    And your name is, in italian, Cambise, as the ancient persian Emperor?
  • Moreno..Brandi 10/22/2008 22:56

    Bel gruppetto familiare.
    Immagine senza tempo dove i soggetti ripresi dimostrano di essere sereni e tranquilli nonostante la loro vita difficile e forse fatta di grandi difficoltà.
  • Michele Pierro 10/22/2008 18:34

  • Dafne Mellera 09/30/2008 9:42

    Reportage pieno d'umanità !!!
  • severina calinescu 09/30/2008 9:11

    beautiful portraits....very nice photo!!!
  • Luigi Scorsino 09/27/2008 18:11

    Fantastic Picture, very authentic. Greetings
  • eveline tavernaro 09/08/2008 8:37

    die frage,
    was ist EJ
    so heisst die firma
    es ist ein recyclingbetrieb.

    lg eveline
  • Jens Leonhardt 09/04/2008 23:15

    sehr einfühlsame Aufnahme
  • eddi zuliani 08/28/2008 22:33

    un gran bel scatto di reportage. Un fantastico quadro familiare, una grande emozione. Complimenti. Bravissimo.
    saluti eddi
  • Carlo Pollaci 08/28/2008 20:12

    Un gruppo di famiglia ripreso con intensità e partecipazione emotiva. Molto bella.


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