History is a ribbon, always unfurling; history is a journey. And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us. For all of us are on that same journey of our lives, and our journey, too, will come to an end. The road crossed the Karun, one of the rivers said to have flowed out of the Garden of Eden. In summer it slows to a trickle, but in spring it is a torrent and before bridges were built, Bakhtiari nomads in their tens of thousands crossed the water on inflated animal skins.
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The Karun river was soon a memory as the road wound up through a landscape of wild rock formations to a highland valley along which were scattered nomad camps, tents, basic stone houses and some more elaborate buildings. People were bent over the wheat harvest in fields that ran down to a small river below the road. I sensed a whiff of disapproval. The waterfall had attracted a mixed bunch, with kids paddling on the edge of the stream and campers pitched up the steep bank. Down in the water flowing from the falls, perched on a metal-framed bed, six young men toasted each other with a drink that looked more potent than lemonade.
Across the stream, a bent old man moved some 50 goats along the bank. He was getting ready to move, he told me. With four others, he would herd sheep and goats, as well as a horse, which they rode only when they were tired. It is the same story across this part of the country. Women were harvesting wild flowers and thistle heads before summer burned it all.
That was where I met Fereydun. He was a short, stocky, greying man, with a twinkle in his eye, who was talking with some other Bakhtiari about a wedding that evening. When I told him I was looking for Bakhtiari on the move, he suggested we head into the hills right away. We got into his car and drove through wheatfields studded with oak trees.
Most nomads now drive between summer and winter pastures rather than walk — a journey that once took a month is now made in a day. At the head of the valley, several hours up, we came to the village Fereydun wanted to show me. Men were shearing the last of the goats and women were hand-spinning wool.
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