• Short Summary

    At it has through the ages, the annual Tamanrasset Fair -- which begins in late December and continues through early January -- is reviving Algeria's oldest customs and cultures.

  • Description

    At it has through the ages, the annual Tamanrasset Fair -- which begins in late December and continues through early January -- is reviving Algeria's oldest customs and cultures.

    Tamanrasset is Algeria's southernmost city, 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometres) from the capital of Algiers, near the borders of the two neighbouring republics of Niger and Mali. In olden times it was a principal centre of the African slave trade, but the camel caravans still using it as a meeting-place today carry mainly salt from Niger and expeditions seeking water in Mali.

    The latter commodity is especially important to the Tamanrasset area, for water has been the key to the city's changing status. Once rich in vegetation, Tamanrasset has suffered severely from drought, receiving no normal rainfall for the past eight or ten years. With an extremely hot climate -- Tamanrasset lies between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer -- the now-barren city and surrounding area are burned by day by the scorching Sahara sun and chilled by the desert nights.

    But still the caravans come for the historic Tamanrasset Fair, with its rich mixture of races and cultures and customs -- remaining a unique event in Algerian life.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9S6K4HXRR2XF069R15OBE8U1I
    Media URN:
    VLVA9S6K4HXRR2XF069R15OBE8U1I
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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