Photographer's Note

We were hiking in the remote area up on the Atlas Mountain, we came across a few herds of goats and sheep, tended by one or two person, this young Sheppard is looking at the approaching storm, I was wondering where he would hide if it rain, there were not house or anything around for miles, just rocky hills and small bushes. Many of the Berbers people up on the Atlas Mountain are nomad. They collect the fur from the goat and sheep for making carpet.

Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa west of the Nile Valley. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis, in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River. Historically they spoke the Berber language or varieties of it, which together form a branch of the Afro-Asiatic linguistic family. Today, varieties of Maghrebi colloquial Arabic are spoken by a large portion of Berbers besides the Berber language itself. Foreign languages like French are used by the educated in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Spanish is also known by some Berbers in Morocco and in the annexed Western Sahara and Italian in Libya. This presence of European languages was due to Europe's occupation and colonization of the Berber world. Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Morocco and Algeria, smaller Berber-speaking populations are scattered throughout Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger, as well as various diasporas living in Europe.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Way Lim (Waylim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 154 N: 6183] (25436)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-05-17
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-09-20 14:54
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