Wild Ride in Timbuktu

wild ride in timbuktu
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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This man, named Baba Peace Corps, owns a souvenir shop and mini-museum in Mopti, Mali.
He’s known throughout the town and in the U.S., where he sells items at annual African Arts festivals.
If you ever go to Mopti, visit his shop. He’s one of the few business owners who speak English,
and his prices, while not altogether what the locals would pay, are not too high.

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This is a Peulh woman, from the Fulani people.
You can tell because of the dark coloring around her lips,
which is done when she’s a child by poking a bundle of needles into her gums and lip area.
I saw a lot of elaborate braided styles like hers in Mali,
especially in the villages.

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This is Conne Molette, a native of Detroit who’s been traveling in Africa since the ‘60s.
She’s showing her favorite tea, straight from Ethiopia and packaged by her company.
She came to Mali because she has a love for the preservation of camels,
which are used by the nomads in the north.

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