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The Marks They Make: Traditional Tattooing Practices among the Amazigh

Updated: May 12


An elderly woman, the Amazigh activist Hnou Marouch, in traditional dress with tattoos on her chin
Amazigh activist Hnou Marouch showing her tattooed chin

In addition to being a significant piece of Amazigh cultural heritage and an integral part of Amazigh identity, tattoos serve as an anthropological record reflecting the essence of the Amazigh people in their natural and cultural environments. For millennia, the Amazigh have lived in a world of symbols, signs, and laws constituting their presence, and contextualizing their identity, in Greater Tamazgha, or North Africa.

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