Toucouleur Portrait Series, Senegal

Passing through central Senegal, we spent the night in a small village called Samecouta-Peul. While many Fulani in Senegal have transitioned to a more modern lifestyle, those known as the Toucouleur tend to live more traditionally, a sedentary version of the herders in Mali, Burkina, Benin, etc. (Wikipedia: Toucouleur People) This Toucouleur village was home to one large extended family. Though we were only there for a brief stay, we took the opportunity to capture the unique aesthetic of the Toucouleur:

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As the name “Toucouleur” implies, they are known for their bright colors and unique fashion.

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In some regions gold teeth indicate that someone has travelled to Mecca, but amongst the Toucouleur they are purely a fashion statement.

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The Toucouleur are especially well-known for their gold earrings, which are sewn in with the help of a friend.

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We were lucky to stumble into another wedding ceremony. Here, the bride-to-be shows the same anxiety we’ve observed at the marriage in Djibo, Burkina Faso

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Across West Africa, the Fulani display an endless variety of fashion creativity.

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A griot plays the same five-stringed guitar as Dinde Sare, the famous Malian griot.

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In Samecouta-Peul, they keep several hundred cattle tied up just outside the village.

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Missed the focus on this one, but their eyes are captivating.

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Jug-wealthy.

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Why have you been crying, little man?

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One Response to “Toucouleur Portrait Series, Senegal”

  1. lamsos says:

    Cette série de portait est vraiment très sympathique. Le dernier portrait m’a scotché. Bravo et merci pour ce partage.


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