Tuareg Art & Culture
An exploration of how others deal with people groups different from their own. I discovered this fascinating book titled
Tuareg Jewelry and learned jewelry can be more than ornamental.
The red figure at the center symbolizes the Free Man. A repeated motif throughout Berber-Tuareg Art and Culture
These exquisite works of Berber-Tuareg artistry, in traditional silver and other materials, were miss labeled by early Europeans as The Southern Cross. It is in fact a compass. What would be of more intrinsic value to a nomadic, desert-dwelling culture? A common practice, attributing European origins to anything of beauty or value found among Aboriginal people. In the daily life of the Berber-Tuareg, theses artifacts serve a variety of cultural functions, from identifying tribal affiliation, a bridal gift from a man to his betrothed, a protective talisman during the rite of passage given by a father to a son. Note the open design, with symmetrical repeating motifs of the FREEMAN, as seen on the flag. A symbolic representation of the human form that pays homage to the multiple gene pools that stream together to create these fascinating, ancient people.
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