The Amazigh people

An indigenous people in Morocco

The Berber culture in Morocco unfolds along the majestic paths of the High Atlas Mountains. The fascinating Berber people, also known as Imazighen or “free people,” have shaped the cultural heritage of North Africa for centuries. In Morocco, they play a significant role, with their language Tamazight being central to their identity. Traditional Berber houses, called “Kasbahs,” reflect the lifestyle of this community, while agricultural activities, animal husbandry, and handicrafts are integral to daily life.

Sheep farming holds particular importance in Berber culture, with women and men taking on specific but interrelated roles. Women tend to the sheep and weave intricate carpets, while men act as shepherds, shearing wool and skillfully engaged in traditional processing methods. These collective efforts help keep deeply rooted traditions alive.

Berber women are not only skilled craftswomen of intricate carpets but also contribute to strengthening social connections through active participation in community activities. In women’s circles, especially within wedding traditions, singing and music-making occur, while entire villages gather to create harmonious melodies together – an impressive blend of sound and community. The colorful garments and intricate tattoos on the face and hands tell stories of identity and belonging, symbolically passed down through generations.

Khaduja, Marocco, 2021
Saida, Marocco, 2021
High Atlas Mountains, Marocco 2021
Hiba, Marocco, 2021
Malika, Marocco, 2021
Rekia, Marocco, 2021
Tatooed hand, Marocco, 2021
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Yammena, Marocco, 2021
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Fatima, Marocco, 2021
Nomad tent, Marocco, 2021
Hassan. Marocco, 2021
Yammena, Marocco, 2021
Nomad tent, Marocco, 2021
A nomad with her two children, Marocco, 2021
Fatma, Marocco, 2021
Hiba, Marocco, 2021
Khaduja, Marocco, 2021
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Nour, Marocco, 2021
Aya, Marocco, 2021
Maryam, Marocco, 2021