National Geographic : 1921 Apr
Photograph by F. L . Bird SMALL TRIBAL WAIDERERS OF PERSIA This little group belonged to an encampment of nomads in a mountain valley near Teheran. While big sisters are making butter in the hairy goatskin churn and mothers are doing the day's baking in their earthen ovens, it has fallen to the lot of these small lassies to keep the camp babies out of mischief. Large brown eyes, dark complexions, and straight, black hair are characteristic of the entire Persian population. Photograph by E.K. De Witt DERVISHES OR MOHAMMEDAN MENDICANT FRIARS These holy men are members of one of the Mohammedan brother hoods of dervishes. Having forsaken all their worldly goods, they are dependent for their livelihood on the liberality of their co-religionists The small axe, the calabash receptacle, the gnarled staff, and the small hand-woven bag carried bythe pair are distinctive insignia ofthese picturesque wanderers.