National Geographic : 1958 May
689 George changed to four-wheel drive, and we inched along, expecting at any moment to bog down. Whenever the wheels spun, Beuh shouted, "Avancez-vite! Vite! Avancez! This is a good camel-it goes everywhere!" Somehow we plowed through the oued. Then, just as the sun set, strange figures resembling hooded phantoms in the fading light came out of the shadows to meet us. Soon a dozen Tuareg men crowded around, examining the Land-Rover and greeting Beuh with great affection. Four Glimpses of a Tuareg Matriarch: She Believes the Veil Is for Men This elderly widow received the Rodgers for tea in her camp south of Tamanrasset. Smiling and gesturing, she invited them to attend the name day feast of her granddaughter, who stood in direct line of succession. Like all Tuareg women, she winds her robe in the form of a hood rather than the veil affected by men. Few societies give more freedom and respect to women than the Tuareg, nomadic Berbers of the desert. In contrast to many of their Arab sisters, who are often secluded from birth, Tuareg women regard themselves as men's equals, marry at will, speak in council, and even serve as heads of en campments. Wives go where they please, hold property, teach, and govern the home. Tuareg children assume the rank of their mothers and look on maternal uncles as next of kin.