National Geographic : 1946 Mar
Ernest B.Schoedsack Nomadic Bakhtiari Have No Bridges or Boats; They Cross the Swiftest Rivers on Goatskin Rafts Carrying the tribe's princes, the royal barge sets out on a ceremonial voyage down the Karun River. Rich rugscover 100inflated skins; posts sustain asilk and velvet canopy. By using a pair of skins as water wings, the Bakhtiari herdsman guides terror-stricken beasts across icy mountain streams. Men, horses, donkeys, and sheep swim; women, children, and goats ride rafts (pages 385, 395, 407).