National Geographic : 1924 Jan
© Cecil D. Priest A TUAREG WOMAN SIFTING FLOUR The Tuaregs are warlike nomad Berbers, who roam the desert with their sheep and goats. From time to time they visit Timbuktu to barter an animal for some rice, millet, or wheat. All menial work is done by negro slaves, called beylas. Tuaregs live in encampments, in tents made of goatskins or temporary shelters constructed from mimosa scrub and palm leaves. Photograph by Gouvernement General del'Afrique Occidentale Francaise A MUSICAL NATIVE OFTIMBUKTU After a glass of strong tea, this Moor hassettled down with hisunusual instrument to mingle its queernotes with themonotonous chants ofthe Arabs and the beating of thetom-toms. Hecanproduce avariety of sounds by working a tiny bowover onestring ofcamel's hair. The mud wall back of him furnishes some protection from thepersistent whirls of blinding, choking sand which prevail inthecity.