Category Archives: Berbers

A Day in Rissani Market

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 Morocco in the late 1990’s Donkey carts trundled families of Berber women draped from head to toe in black cotton to the Rissani market. The man of the house sat on the driver’s seat and the women bumped along on the … Continue reading

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Patience of a Mule

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Fez, Morocco 2009 A Berber farmer brings his chickens to market by muleback. The creature I admire in this photo is the mule. It goes against every instinct to carry that crate of chickens on his back, but he does.

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Portrait of a Berber Girl

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Morocco,  between Ouarzazate and the Erg Chebbi 2000 I’d often see groups of women carrying loads of desert brush homeward. I had the impression from my friend’s family, that this was a chore most women disliked. He told me proudly that he … Continue reading

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Cave-Dwelling Berbers

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Morocco, 2009 Berber families live in the caves near Boumalne Dades. Here a man welcomes us into his home. He seemed happy to have a conversation with the guides. Normally he only has his women to talk to and as … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Nomad

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Bouarfa, Morocco 2006 He called himself a nomad. I wrote the Moroccan word in my notebook but look! that was ten years ago. He and his family had driven their sheep from Erfoud to Bouarfa (about 500 km ) in order … Continue reading

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The Marabout

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Morocco 2002 It was a day of celebration. Mountain villagers had come with picnics to enjoy the day on the banks of a river. They waded in the icy water, paid a few dirham to sit on a horse tacked-up … Continue reading

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Berber Finery

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Morocco 2002 I watched these two girls, who were sisters, dress for the wedding of a kinsman. They rummaged in sacks and pulled out skirts, blouses and shoes. They added the skirts, blouses and head coverings to what they were already … Continue reading

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The Fossil Factory

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Erfoud, Morocco Late 1990’s Fossils, especially trilobites,  are plentiful in the desert around Erfoud.  Here a man has his own little polishing factory. He has a “fossil mine” located in the desert east of Erfoud where trenches are dug in the sands, sometimes … Continue reading

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Morocco’s Desert Berbers

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Morocco late 1990’s A Berber woman sits in the shade of her tent and waits for the kettle of water to boil. Whenever guests arrive, it’s tea time in Morocco. I’m glad to see that my shot included the men … Continue reading

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Mali: Salt Caravan

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Mali: Somewhere between Taodenni and Timbuktu 2005 Men load salt slabs on several hundred camels each dawn and unload them when the caravan stops for the night which may be at 2 or 3 a.m. They repeat these chores each day for … Continue reading

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