Algeria, Tunisia, Libya
The Tuareg are a tribal normadic people of the Sahara numbering more than 300.000. In ancient times, the Tuareg controlled the trans- Sahara caravan routes, taxing the goods they helped to convey and raiding neighboring tribes. The political division of Saharan Africa since the 1960s has made it increasingly difficult for the Tuareg to maintain their pastoral traditions.
After leather, wood is the most important material in Saharan daily life. Among the Tuareg elegant sculptured supports; Ehel are important items in any well-appointed household. They were carved by members of the guild known as enaden, blacksmiths who have been instrumental in the creation of precisely those things that have forever distinguished the upper classes of the society from the many vassal populations of the Tuareg world.