Saturday , October 21 2017

Amazigh Culture

Amazigh People Around the World Celebrate Amazigh Flag Day

Amazigh

Each year on August 30th The Amazigh people around the world  celebrates the Amazigh Flag Day, the symbol of Amazigh identity, and the common sight at Amazigh rallies, demonstrations, and celebrations. Naturally, the colors represent different things: blue for water, green for mountains & forests, and yellow for joy, gold, and the Sahara: the Tuareg realm. In the center is the Tifinagh17 …

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New Film: Letter of Solidarity from Imider to the Rif

Imider

“Timnadine” is a form of poetry unique to Asamr (the Southeast of Morocco). By blending the art of Timnadine with the art of cinema, the aim of Movement on Road ’96 in Imider, the producer is to refresh Morocco’s indigenous Amazigh culture and to revive the legacy of the ancient poets who traveled from village to village, using Timnadine to …

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Short Story by Ahmed Zahiri

Atlas

THE MOUNTAIN… AND MY RENDEZ-VOUS WITH GHANDI IN BOSTON   It happened by chance that I was born in the mid-atlas mountains where life is natural, humble and eternal. My village is surrounded by huge mountains and there is a firm belief that those giant mountains are mythic meant to protect the natives from evil, hidden power and invaders that …

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Video | Silbo, the Lost Whistling Language of the Guanches in Canary Islands

Silbo

The Silbo Gomero is a whistled register system that has been used for decades by the ‘Guanches‘, the aboriginal Amazigh inhabitants of the Canary Islands to emulate speech and facilitate communication between the islanders. The Silbo is the only whistled language in the world that is fully developed and practiced by a large community (more than 22,000 inhabitants). The whistled language replaces each …

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In Boston, Moroccans and Jews Will Gather To Celebrate Mimouna

Mimouna

  By Zouhir Az, April 8, 2017   More than 100 people are expected to gather to celebrate another annual tradition of post-Passover festivities known as Mimouna celebrations,  on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m, at the Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. with a fun evening full of activities and performances and there’s something for everyone in the family to …

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The ‘International Number Ones’ Map Puts Morocco First For Argan Oil

International Number Ones

“Every country is best at something”, according to the ‘International Number Ones’  data visualization website Information is Beautiful. A map published on the website shows what countries around the world rank first for. “According to the 2016 data” Morocco is ranked best for “Argan oil.” – a speciality and a unique ingredient that’s been at the heart of Moroccan Amazigh cooking, medicinal purposes and traditional …

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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 …

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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 …

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

Tamazgha

Tamazgha Builders is a non-profit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for old Amazigh heritage buildings and monuments in Algeria. It 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 …

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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 …

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