Peoples & Societies


Numbering over one million, the Tuareg are seminomadic pastoralists who inhabit the Sahara Desert, southern Algeria, southwestern Libya, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. They are grouped into politically autonomous federations that, on occasion, join together for purposes of trade and defense. Continuing droughts since the 1980s have caused some Tuareg to become sedentary agriculturalists and city dwellers. They are renowned for carved wood household furnishings, metal and leatherwork, and jewelry with simple shapes and decoration that combines linear and geometric motifs.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 304.

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