The blue people

TUAREG

The Tuareg, who once controlled the caravan trade routes across the Sahara, are a traditionally nomadic and pastoral people. Probably of north African Berber origin, the Blue People of the Sahara derive their name from the indigo turbans that stain the skin of the men who wear them.

Traditionally organized in a hierarchical society, with nobility, artisans, and vassals, each Tuareg clan is made up of several family groups, led by its chief, the amghar.

Despite their rustic techniques, lack of tools and an appropriate work place, the artists or smiths are experts in making beautiful engravings composed of tiny lines and delicate details. They are especially skilful at the art of shaping metals.

“Trust in Allah, but tether your camel.” Tuareg proverb