By Victoria Rovine
University of Florida (formerly University of Iowa)

Niger; Wodaabe peoples



L. 127 cm (50 in)

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from Stanley Support for African Art Programs, 1996.21 

The Wodaabe are a subgroup of the Fulani, pastoralists who travel in small groups with their cattle throughout western Africa, from Niger to Senegal. The Wodaabe live primarily in the near-desert environment of southern Niger, constantly traveling in small family groups to seek pasture for their herds. Once a year, several clans meet for the geerewol, an extended festival that provides an opportunity for members of these usually isolated groups to socialize, trade, and exchange information about herds and pastures.