The Motive of the Motif: Tattoos of Fulbe Pastoralists

@article{WilsonFall2014TheMO,
  title={The Motive of the Motif: Tattoos of Fulbe Pastoralists},
  author={Wendy Wilson-Fall},
  journal={African Arts},
  year={2014},
  volume={47},
  pages={54-65}
}
Though Islam discourages altering the body, and in spite of reformist jihads which spread through northern Nigeria and southern Niger in the mid-nineteenth century, for a long while Fulani herders in these areas wore elaborate facial and body tattoos. When I first visited the area in the 1970s, I was struck by the beauty and diversity of these designs, which seemed to me symbolic of the outsider status the herders cultivated so carefully among sedentary neighbors. This interest, which I was… 

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