Nomads

Nomads

Salt Caravans in the Niger

Streaming Video - 2011
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Situated near an oasis in Niger's Ayar Mountains, the remote settlement of Timia is home to small-scale wheat growers. Once a year, after the harvest is done, members of the Kel Ewen clan federation - a subgroup of the Tuareg nomads - will venture into the merciless Tenere desert to trade their wares. Almost 600 kilometers lie between the paradise-like gardens of Timia and the village of Bilma, which produces salt from evaporation ponds. Bilma is, traditionally, one of the last stops on the age-old trans-Saharan trade route, and its salt is widely recognized as a trading article for grain and all manner of goods. This program follows a camel caravan as it makes its way along the route, taking on salt in Bilma, then heading further southward to Nigeria. A
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2008.
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Alternative Title: Salt Caravans in the Niger

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