The Last Nomads Of Iran: Extraordinary Photos By Catalina Martin-Chico

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A century ago they were 5 million strong. Today the Bakhtiari population is only 1.5 million and they continue to resist policies of settlement and modernization. Photographer, Catalina Martin-Chico lived with these families in the mountains for one season. 

Province Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari - Mohammed Hossein plays with one of his daughters. "It is rare to see gestures of tenderness and affection between nomads" said Catalina Martin-Chico.

Near Qir. Because of the migration, nomadic children go to school only six months a year. But more and more young people join the city to continue their studies.

Gholam takes advantage of a lull to shave. "During the migration, it is more complicated to bathe and groom, especially for women. It's also more difficult to photograph them."

The family of this boy abandonned  the nomadic life and settled in the outskirts of Isfahan. They do not regret their choice. 

Hava, 19, was tired of nomadic life. She got a taste of the city but decided to come back because of insecurity. The return hasn't been easy.

Increasingly, women and children are driven in cars during the migration.

In the mountains of Khuzistan, the nomads have resisted many forced settlement policies.

Ahmad left the mountain, but to him, urban life has not turned out well. He takes heroin, is reproached by his son and sleeps in a container

Khodamorad and Susan just got married. Their gifts: mattresses, blankets and pillows.

Migration lasts twenty days. Every night Muslin sets up a mini-camp for his family and packs up all belongings the next morning before leaving.

Sajad, 21, has come to visit his family. He lives in Firouzabad, where he works in a plastic making factory. He doesn't tell anyone that his parents are nomads.

Bibi Tala returns each winter to this camp that was built inside a rock by her in-laws and passed on from generation to generation.