Airdate: Sep 12, 2019
Marriage, Berber Style
Sights and sounds at an annual festival in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
Marriage, Berber StyleHere's a program from our archives.Ambience: Moroccan music - RukbaEvery September in North Africa's Atlas Mountains, one of the nomadic Berber tribes known as the Ait Hdiddou hold a marriage festival. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by the American Museum of Natural History.Berbers spend much of the year tending their herds or farming, but once a year, they gather in the village of Imilchil in Morocco to celebrate an event that's partly religious, partly social and part good old fashioned commerce.ambience: hawkersDuring the festival, there is an encampment of thousands of people settled in the valley of Imilchil, and in one area, goods of every description are sold, including clothing - both second hand and new. Surrounded by heaps of coats, shirts and pants, hawkers compete for customers.On a hill on the other side of the encampment, there are donkeys, sheep and goats being inspected and offered for sale.ambience: sheep, bells, sheep seller, donkey In our next program, we'll hear the ceremonial side of the marriage festival, and learn of the legend behind its origin. Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner. We've been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast.