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Gerewol Festival in Niger Tour

$7,015.14 $6,748.59

Sept. 25 – Oct. 6 2019

The Gerewol is an annual courtship ritual competition among the Woddabe Fula people in Niger. Young men dressed in elaborate ornamentation and made up in traditional face painting gather in lines to dance and sign, each vying for the attentions of single young women. The Gerewol occurs each year as the traditionally nomadic Wodaabe cattle herders gather at the southern edge of the Sahara before dispersing south on their dry season pastures.

The most famous gathering point is In-Gail in northwest Niger, where a large festival, market and series of clan meetings take place for both the Wodaabe and the pastoral Tuareg People. The actual dance event is called the Yaake, while other less well-know elements, such as bartering over dowry; competitions or camel races among suitors make up the weeklong festival. The Gerewol is found wherever the Wodaabe gather.