Categories: Ethnicities

These traditionally nomadic pastoralists are part of North Africa’s Berber ethnic confederation that inhabit the Sahara from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Often referred to as the “blue people” after their traditional indigo-dyes, the Tuareg have been masters of several trans-saharan trade routes and, as avid propagators of Islam, oversaw the flourishing of Timbuktu. Tuaregs refer to themselves as Kel Tamasheq meaning “speakers of Tamasheq”, as well as Kel Tagelmust, meaning “veiled people”.

Imajaghen, Imoshagh, Imoshar, Imuhagh, Imuhar, Imushagh, Kel Tagelmust, Kel Tamachek, Kel Tamacheq, Kel Tamasheq, Kel Tigelmust, Tamachek, Tamacheq, Tamasheq, Targhi, Targui, Taureg, Tigelmust, Touareg, Touarick, Touarig, Touarik, Tuarik, Twareg, Twarig, Twarik
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