Bianou

Bianou

April
A celebration of the end of the winter season in the market town of AgadÉs (or AgadÉz), Niger. The festivities are held for three days, and start with the sound of distant drumming and chanting of the muezzin calling Muslims to prayer. As people assemble, the drummers appear. Behind them come the Tuareg nomads, wearing long blue robes and spinning around in their special dance, the guedra . The Tuareg turbans are folded in a way that suggests a cock's comb, since the cock is the symbol of the new season. AgadÉs is in northern Niger in the Sahara Desert. It was the seat of a Tuareg sultanate in the 15th century, and has been a crossroads for Fulani cattle herders, Tuareg traders, and Hausa merchants. The nomadic peoples also hold an annual gathering in Ingal town in August to take a census, at which time medical care is given by the national government.
See also Camel Market
CONTACTS:
Embassy of the Republic of Niger
2204 R St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-483-4224; fax: 202-483-3169
www.nigerembassyusa.org
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