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A photographic celebration of the nomadic Wodaabe of Niger features thirty line drawings, 144 full-color photographs, and a narrative that follows a herdsman and his family and kinsmen through one year's journey in parched, sub-Saharan Africa.
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If one picture is worth a thousand words, then the combination of text and images in Nomads of Niger adds up to the equivalent of a whole encyclopedia. The cover photograph alone tells you this will be a special journey; before you even reach the title page you've already been treated to several stunning portraits of a nomadic people known as the Wodaabe, "who number among the last nomads of Africa, indeed among the last nomads on earth." The landscape the Wodaabe inhabit is a harsh one: "In central Niger, between the great Sahara Desert and the grasslands, lies an immense steppe, scattered with scrawny bushes and skeletal trees. For nine months of the year hardly a drop of rain falls. The days are torrid, the nights sometimes freezing cold. And the harmattan, the hot wind out of the desert, blows up relentlessly, filling the air with a sandy haze." Across this no-man's land the Wodaabe herd their cattle, migrating north in the rainy season and south again in the dry months and leaving no trace of their travels as they go.
Photographer Carol Beckwith spent 18 months traveling with one particular band of Wodaabe, and her photographs concentrate on the family of a herdsman named Mokao and his family. Nomads of Niger is more than just a coffee-table book; it is also an informative and highly entertaining account of the lives, customs, rituals, and taboos of the Wodaabe reminiscent of the best of National Geographic magazine.From Library Journal:
Belgian anthropologist Van Offelen banded with American photographer Beckwith to produce this stunning 1983 volume on the Wodaabe, the pastoral nomads of the West African Fulani people. Along with the 144 photographs are numerous line drawings and a healthy portion of Van Offelen's observations. This remains "recommended for area collections and for libraries where there is interest in the decorative arts of traditional societies" ( LJ 12/15/83).
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Book Description Abradale Press/ Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993. Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP97362266
Book Description Harvill, London, 1991. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Beckwith, Carol (illustrator). Hardback Reprint.. 340 x 260mm. pp. 224. English text. Large and well illustrated volume on the nomads of the Niger Region in Africa. Colour and black and white illustrations. Bound in original blue boards. Housed in pictorial dust jacket. Some light wear to back of dust jacket, otherwise clean. Binding strong. No ownership inscription or underlining. Not price-clipped. 2kg. Extra postage. Seller Inventory # 036784
Book Description Collins, London, 1984. First Edition. With photographs by Carol Beckwith, Good copy in dustjacket, 4to, pp. 224. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR POSTAGE PRICE DUE TO WEIGHT. Seller Inventory # 007486
Book Description Harvill, London, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Wodaabe, Tuareg. Large Fine Pictorial Essay With Lots Of Artifacts. Seller Inventory # 002883
Book Description Abradale Press / Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1993. Condition: Near Fine. Folio. Fine in fine dustwrapper. From the library of the artists Ben Shahn and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with an estate label designed by their son, Jonathan Shahn. Seller Inventory # 346610
Book Description Harvill, Harper Collins, 1984. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Large hardback in fine condition with near fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 12414