Photos of a Tuareg young man courtesy of Wikipedia and art veil weights from Niger


The Tuareg are a Berber people with a traditionally nomadic pastoralist lifestyle.

They are the principal inhabitants of the Saharan interior of North Africa.


The Tuareg people are nomadic people of the Sahara desert, mostly in the Northern reaches of Mali near Timbuktu and Kidal.

The Tuareg are often referred to as "Blue Men of the desert" – because their robes are dyed indigo blue.

They live in small tribes with between 30 and 100 family members and keep camels, goats, cattle and chicken which graze the land.

They are a proud race of people, famous for their fighting abilities and artwork, now staring urbanisation and resettlement in the face.

The sword is a Tuareg's most valued possession. Many are passed from generation to generation .