Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World

October 10, 2007 – January 27, 2008

National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 2 Floor Plan

This first major exhibition in the United States examines the historic and evolving culture and arts of the semi-nomadic Tuareg people of Mali, Niger, and Algeria. More than 200 works -- selected from major collections and dating from the 19th century to the present -- include jewelry, bags, containers, and saddles made of leather, gold, silver, and fabrics. Also on view are musical instruments, photographs, and several videos revealing insights into their lives (e.g., a desert wedding and a family making jewelry).

Catalogue (limited number available)