Tribal migration is one of the most organized existential systems that has a very close connection with nature. As the weather becomes warm and then cold, the nomads pack up their belongings and move from one area to another, every year. They are inseparably attached to water, soil, and sky, speak to trees and birds and appreciate the treasures of nature. This intelligent way of living is still alive in some provinces of Iran, particularly among the Bakhtiari tribe, but much less than before.
Now, the head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization of Andica County has given news of the start of an archeological research and study of the tribal roads of this county, with the purpose of their world registration.
According to the report of “Aria Heritage” and according to the public relations of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Khuzestan province, on May 23, 2021, seyyed Ali Mousavi pointed out that one of the most critical ways of human life has been the tradition of migration and the culture of adaptation to climate conditions and nature, and added: “This ancient way of life is one of the main manifestations and symbols of Bakhtiari culture and is considered to be one of the oldest human heritages.”
He continued: “A large part of the historical tributaries are located in the area of Andica county, and in consultation with the experts in this field, we are determined to register these tribal roads as a world heritage, and given that this is of a complex and multifaceted nature, we are asking for the cooperation and participation of all experts and people of Bakhtiari culture and the region.”
“The world heritage goal of UNESCO is to preserve historical, natural and cultural sites and works of universal value, of which all human being on earth, despite race, religion or nationality, are involved”, said the head of Andica’s Office of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts. Based on this convention, UNESCO member states can nominate their country’s historical, natural and cultural sites for registration as world heritage sites”.
He said: “research and field studies on these tribal roads will be done from different dimensions, including ethnography, ecology, and archeology, to determine the role of environmental and geographical factors in the selection of ancient roads.”
UNESCO World Heritage is an international convention organized by the General Conference of UNESCO on November 16, 1972.