By Carol Beckwith (H.N. Abrams, 1983)
Nomads of Niger is a well-written and colorful depiction of the life of the ancient nomadic Fulani or “Peul” people. Belonging to the group known as the Wodaabe or Bororo, these nomadic herders of Niger have roamed for centuries across the sub-Saharan bushland, surviving where few others could. Living very simply, yet loving beauty and esthetics, their intricate culture and open hospitality is fascinating – especially as it is found in one of the harshest living environments on earth. Photographer Carol Beckwith spent 18 months traveling with one particular band of Wodaabe, and her photographs concentrate on the family of a herdsman named Mokao and his family. Not just photos, it is also an informative and highly entertaining account of the lives, customs, rituals, and taboos of this group of nomadic herders.
“The cover photograph alone tells you this will be a special journey; before you even reach the title page you’ve already been treated to several stunning portraits of a nomadic people known as the Wodaabe, “who number among the last nomads of Africa, indeed among the last nomads on earth.” – Amazon.com