In the privacy of her mother’s tent, a 15-year-old bride prepares for her wedding. The wife of the blacksmith plaits her hair: the Tuareg insist that a bride’s hair must be dressed by a woman of the smith’s family or else the girl’s hair will fall out during the first two years of marriage. Her grooming completed, the bride begins a week of ritual seclusion before the wedding.


  • Title: Preparation of a Tuareg Bride
  • Creator: Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
  • Date: 1986
  • Location: Niger
  • Copyright: copyright Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

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