Lsn2 Who Lives In The Desert

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Lsn2 Who Lives In The Desert

  1. 1. Off to Timbuktu? To understand how people in the desert live To know how they have adapted to hot desert climate <ul><li>Describe what the people are wearing to help them cope with harsh desert heat </li></ul><ul><li>Why do the Wodaabe move around? How often? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they eat? </li></ul><ul><li>How many wives do the men have? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do men have to look beautiful? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they make themselves attractive? </li></ul><ul><li>Who chooses who in a relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>Make notes about the Cura Salee (Salt Festival) </li></ul>Watch the video and complete the following questions about the Wodaabe a tribe who live in the African Country Niger
  2. 2. Task <ul><li>Watch the video and complete the following questions about the Wodaabe a tribe who live in the African Country Niger </li></ul><ul><li>Describe what the people are wearing to help them cope with harsh desert heat </li></ul><ul><li>Why do the Wodaabe move around? How often? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they eat? </li></ul><ul><li>How many wives do the men have? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do men have to look beautiful? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they make themselves attractive? </li></ul><ul><li>Who chooses who in a relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>Make notes about the Cura Salee (Salt Festival) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Humans in the desert Headscarf to protect from heat and sand storms Loose fitting clothes to disperse heat around White- to reflect the heat Open shoes to allow feet to breathe Sandals to protect heat from hot sand
  4. 4. Location of Niger within Africa The Wodaabe The Wodaabe are a tribe who live in the African country of Niger
  5. 6. <ul><li>Parents: </li></ul><ul><li>never speak directly to their 1st or 2nd born children or refer to them by name </li></ul><ul><li>only physical contact that isn't taboo between a mother and her 1st & 2nd born is nursing. </li></ul><ul><li>Sex: </li></ul><ul><li>young women may sleep with 2 men (at the same time) before she’s married. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep clothes on during sex. </li></ul><ul><li>Because physical beauty is so important to the Wodaabe, a husband who isn’t particularly handsome will allow his wife to sleep with a handsome man so that she will bear a handsome child. </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage: </li></ul><ul><li>men may have multiple wives who do most of the work </li></ul><ul><li>wife stealing--happens throughout year @ markets & wells but mostly during Geerwol </li></ul><ul><li>Wodaabe men are polygamous: The first wife of a Wodaabe must be arranged marriage. After that, he may choose up to three more wives. </li></ul><ul><li>Maagani —Knowledge of secret love, health, beauty potions  &quot;magic&quot; in leather pouches worn around the men’s necks  protection from snakes, scorpions, sorcery, fear, evil words & evil spirits, injury  increase charm and virility  eat it, drink it, wear it, rub it on clothing  no more magical to them than our medicine is to us  believe certain roots, leaves, grasses, barks=&quot;magic&quot; powers  bestows invisibility to young lovers on the prowl </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Wodaabe values & behaviors (code of behavior & taboos given by ancestors): </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve and modesty semteende </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daylight hours, a husband's interaction with his wife is very impersonal. He may not address her by name, speak to her in an intimate way, or even hold her hand. This quiet reserve, called semteende , extends to the first and second-born children, whom the parents may not directly address at all. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Care and forethought hakkilo </li></ul><ul><li>Grace and fortitude munyal </li></ul><ul><li>Charm, personality, magnetism togu “For us that is far more important than physical beauty. Those blessed with togu will never be alone.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tradition of reserve pulaaku </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitality/generosity: “If you have guests and there is little milk, you give what you have to them and you eat nothing. With plenty of cows and milk to share, the heart is happy. Everyone will come and see you and respect you.” </li></ul><ul><li>Elegance and beauty are at the heart of Wodaabe culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Gerewol -competition lasts 1 week </li></ul><ul><ul><li>may involve 1000 men competing for beauty & charm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>judged by 3 most beautiful unmarried girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>watched by large audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>most are trying to hook up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>woman indicates interest subtly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if dancer is interested, he'll wink @ her </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>she lowers her eyes, but not all the way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>if he wants to up the anty, he flashes her a slight twitch of the mouth to indicate which bush to meet behind </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Task <ul><li>EITHER </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine you are a member of the Wodaabe. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a week long account of your life </li></ul><ul><li>include what you did in the Gerewol (beauty pageant) </li></ul><ul><li>What you did at the Cura Salee </li></ul><ul><li>The relationships between men and women </li></ul><ul><li>Write about how you feel about these things too! </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>Write a news article script or magazine piece for a national newspaper about Wodaabe life </li></ul>Gerewol- male dance competition and beauty contest Cure Salee = salt festival Ingale- place where Gerewol takes place
  8. 9. www.gateway-africa.com/tribe/wodaabe_tribe.html www.palinstravels.co.uk/book-1954

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