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Gerewol - Seduction Festival

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Documents the Journey to and Highlights of the 2018 Wodaabe Gerewol Festival in Niger by Anthropologist/Photographer, Leanna Wolfe.

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Gerewol - Seduction Festival

  1. 1. Gerewol Festival
  2. 2. Ethiopian Airlines, My Carrier from Cape Town to, Niger
  3. 3. Bole Airport Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Chill Space..
  4. 4. Niamey, Niger Airport
  5. 5. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with very limited infrastructural development and an average birth rate of 6.7 children per family. There is significant open land for grazing enabling Pastoralists such as the Bororo (Wodaabe) to effectively maintain their herds and their traditions. Other tribal peoples in Niger include the Hausa, Djerma, Fulani and the Tuareg.
  6. 6. Roadside Business selling root crops and cell phone SIM Cards
  7. 7. Passage over the less travelled roads required a military escort.
  8. 8. The roads were horrible and the whole caravan stopped whenever there was car trouble!
  9. 9. Wide Open Niger Countryside
  10. 10. Girl with Goat : Typical Village Life
  11. 11. Lakeside Dwellings…
  12. 12. Rural Villages with rough fences and animals..
  13. 13. The Gerewol Festival: Wodaabe Young Men’s Beauty Pageant
  14. 14. • Annual Gathering of Wodaabe Pastoralists • Opportunity to Meet Potential Partners • Community Standards for Male Beauty • Bright Teeth – Shining Eyes • Lips flutters / Eye Rolls • Handmade Costumes • Celebration of Young Male Sexuality • Supervised by Elders • Hookups that could last a lifetime… • Opportunity for trial Partnerships
  15. 15. Getting Ready!
  16. 16. Herds at the Festival…
  17. 17. Camping with Camels
  18. 18. The Yaake Dance For Personality and Charisma
  19. 19. The Vielle (Old) Woman Inspects the Yaake Dancers
  20. 20. Tribal Elder Surveys the Dancers
  21. 21. The Young Women’s Dance
  22. 22. The Young Women’s Dance
  23. 23. The Gerewol Seduction Dance
  24. 24. Girls Enjoy The Show
  25. 25. Excited Onlookers!
  26. 26. Prepping the Finalists’ Feather Head Gear
  27. 27. A Seductive Look!
  28. 28. Perfect Pose!
  29. 29. Young Women With Big Decisions
  30. 30. Much to Consider!
  31. 31. Parallels to Burning Man • Annual Gathering – Home Coming • Remote Desert • Camping • Fires at Night • Costumes & Body Decorations • Opportunities to Meet New Partners • Can be Brief Hookup • Can be a Lasting Relationship • Ritual Activities

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