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The Amazigh Cave Homes of Matmata in Tunisia

Matmata

Matmata and other desert settlements in Tunisia have wonderful underground homes built by the ancient Amazigh people of Matmata — a small Berber speaking town in southern Tunisia—to avoid the intense heat and strong desert winds. The homes are made by digging a large pit some 7m (23ft) deep and 10m (33ft) wide and then, around the sides of the ... Read More »

Morocco Among Best Countries For Tea Lovers

Morocco

Morocco ranked fourth in the world of ‘Top 10’ places for tea lovers according to a ranking by the UK’s daily Metro news. Morocco ranked fourth on the list behind Singapore 3rd, Sri Lanka and Russia on the first place. According to the British newspaper, Morocco’s traditional mint tea is served in ceremonial form and held in high regard by Moroccans. “You also won’t ... Read More »

Tamazgha Builders: A New NGO Fights to Restore Old Amazigh Buildings and Sites

Tamazgha Builders

Tamazgha Builders is a non-profit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for old Amazigh heritage buildings and monuments in Algeria. Tamazgha Builders was established on the principle that conservation of the built environment is fundamentally dependent on the work of skilled people in all of the traditional building trades who preserve, maintain and restore historic buildings, sites, and build ... Read More »

Bilmawn Carnival | Keeping an Amazigh Tradition Alive

Bilmawn, Boujloud also known as the Amazigh Halloween, is an old tradition that takes place a few days following the celebration of Eid al-Adha This indigenous cultural event, deeply rooted in Amazigh tradition, involves people wearing sheepskin, goatskin, or bird feathers. It involves individuals wearing the skins of rams or goats along with face paint with charcoal or wear masks and roaming the ... Read More »

Amazigh Cuisine, Second Best Cuisine on the Planet

Amazigh Cuisine

Marrakech (AWN) | Morocco ranked second in the world in the Best Travel Destinations for Food Lovers according to a ranking by the Worldsim travel blog released on March 6. “Morocco is the place to go for the best Amazigh cuisine on the planet” writes the Worldsim Travel blog “That means fragrant tagine pots served in the midst of ancient medina towns, herbal teas to boot, and ... Read More »

An Ethnic Food: Tabadirt or Abadir

Tabadirt

Written by Oukhouya Ali Mbarek Note to the reader Amazigh linguistics is very important here to make a clear-cut distinction between feminine and masculine nouns. If a noun is masculine, Abadir, for instance to feminize it, the consonant “T” is usually added at the beginning as a prefix (derivational morpheme) and at the end of the word, Tabadirt. To give illustrations, ... Read More »

Teneghelt: Traditional Jewelries and Tuareg Symbols

Teneghelt

  One of the things that the nomadic Amazigh Tuareg are famous for are their “crosses”, called ‘Teneghelt’ in their Amazigh dialect of Tamasheq. There are officially 21 crosses, with each design indicating the city/town of origin of the individual wearing it. Strictly made of silver, in line with Islamic teachings, the designs are a beautiful union of the male ... Read More »

In Pictures: Amazigh New Year celebration in Tunisia brings out Amazigh community, political hopefuls

Several hundred people gathered in Tamezret, a small village in southern Tunisia mainly Amazigh, on January 13th, 2016, to take part in Amazigh new year celebrations, Yennayer 2966 with various activities such as folksongs, dance, and traditional food. Yennayer marks the arrival of the first day of the agrarian calendar year used since ancient times by the Amazigh people throughout North Africa. Read More »