About Us: Zagros Ecology
The Organization for Indigenous Knowledge and Oral Traditions is a non-governmental organization founded in 2004 in Kermanshah (Iran). Despite its extremely limited sources this organization has been able to publish a number of books and CD regarding traditional cultures of Mesopotamia and Zagros’ highlands. The first congress of a series of congresses was held on Razi University one year before official foundation of the organization in 2003. It was the first time the importance of oral cultural heritage of the region was emphasized by the guest speaker of the congress, Prof. Philip Kreyenbroek of the University of Göttingen
The above-mentioned region is an important part of the so-called Fertile Crescent; with at least 15 thousand years of known cultural activities. Despite such a cultural background the culture of the region it has remained one of the most under-studied parts of the world; partly due to social and political instability.