National Geographic : 1999 Nov
Rules of social conduct are paramount to the Wodaabe, "people of the taboo":' Their code of behavior emphasizes reserve and modesty-sem teende-perfectly expressed in the demeanor of Mojen deybu (below) as she pre pares to marry. In customary Wodaabe form, she averts her glance beneath a fringed veil. Grand displays are in order during an annual festival called Worso, which cele brates the year's births. Wom en decorate beds given to them by their husbands after the birth of their first child. One woman (top) framed hers in plastic bits and streamers, silver thumbtacks, and beach balls. The women whose beds are judged best are honored with songs that enter Wodaabe oral history.