Category Archives: Berbers

Berber Village

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Morocco 1997 Idougnidif was nearly deserted when I visited in 1997. Only a few elderly Berbers lived there.

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Tea with the Berbers

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Morocco 1997 It was lunchtime and we were near a friend of my guide. When we arrived, the women showed us into the “salon”. (It was a simple home.) The man in the photo was sleeping on the floor. My … Continue reading

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Confinement

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Southeastern Morocco late 1990’s It is the custom for the new mother and baby to be “confined”. That is, the new mother is to lie in bed and be waited on for seven days. Then, when it seems as if … Continue reading

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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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