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06/28/10

Photos: The First Olympiad of Iranian Nomads

Photos by Alieh Saadatpour, Mehr News Agency

The first national cultural-sports Olympiad for Iranian nomads was held June 25-27 in the town of Samirom in the province of Isfahan.

Nomadic people are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. There are an estimated 30-40 million nomads in the world. Many cultures have traditionally been nomadic, but traditional nomadic behavior is increasingly rare in industrialized countries. Although the nomadic population of Iran has dramatically decreased in the 20th century, Iran still has one of the largest nomadic populations in the world, an estimated 1.5 million in a country of about 70 million.

 













































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