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Nomads [electronic resource]: Salt Caravans in the Niger

Scorpion TV
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Situated near an oasis in Niger's Ayar Mountains, the remote settlement of Timia is home to small-scale wheat growers. Once a year, after the harvest is done, members of the Kel Ewen clan federation - a subgroup of the Tuareg nomads - will venture into the merciless Tenere desert to trade their wares. Almost 600 kilometers lie between the paradise-like gardens of Timia and the village of Bilma, which produces salt from evaporation ponds. Bilma is, traditionally, one of the last stops on the age-old trans-Saharan trade route, and its salt is widely recognized as a trading article for grain and all manner of goods. This program follows a camel caravan as it makes its way along the route, taking on salt in Bilma, then heading further southward to Nigeria. A
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52 min.
8 and up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 24, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Salt Caravans in the Niger
Nomads: How Ancient Traveling Societies Persevere
  • Preparation for Caravan (3:06)
  • Family Life in a Tuareg Village (1:59)
  • At the Oasis (3:42)
  • Role of Tuareg Women (1:58)
  • Male Behavior (2:14)
  • Day of Farewells (2:26)
  • Self-Contained Society (3:38)
  • Drinking Troughs for the Animals (2:53)
  • Elder Wisdom (1:49)
  • Caravan Challenges (2:59)
  • Across the Desert (3:08)
  • Desert Nights (2:38)
  • Destination (1:51)
  • Bilma Marketplace (2:19)
  • Bilma's Salt Works (3:33)
  • Journey Toward Home (2:37)
  • Near Journey's End (1:47)
  • Traces of an Ancient Civilization (1:46)
  • Sensory Experience (1:31)
  • Home at Last (3:49)
  • Credits: Nomads: Salt Caravans in the Niger (0:09)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2008.
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  • 44866s Films Media Group
  • 44867 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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