National Geographic : 1913 Jun
TUAREG CHIEFS WAITING AUDIENCE WITH THE FRENCH COMMANDANT AT TIMBUCTU The Tuareg is easily recognized by his veil, which he discards under no circumstances, deeming it shameful tobeseen with uncovered face. This veil, the litham, as it is called, was primarily adopted as a protection from the choking sand of the Sahara. Itisalso used byEuropean travelers, who find that it prevents thirst to a remarkable extent. The Tuaregs had at one time a very bad reputation, but have been reduced to coniparative quiet, as the strong arm of France has made itself more and more felt throughout the Sahara.