Azawad, Mali and?

In Niafunke, Mali, after purchasing my first turban, which a Tamachek man had just taught me to wrap. 1986.Though I haven't spent all that much time in Mali (perhaps three weeks, in total), the country has been important to me. When I first tried to go there, crossing from Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso to get … Continue reading Azawad, Mali and?


The first Tuaregs I saw were shadowy figures in long robes, sometimes wearing turbans, trying to sell cheap, blunt swords and knives sheathed in leather, cassette cases and other boxes, also leather covered, and jewelry made in imitation of what I would later find to be desert finery. Most of the bars I frequented in … Continue reading Tuaregs