Colourful laundry dries on lines in a Berber village in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, 2005. Many Berbers, or Amazigh, fled to the highlands following the Arab conquest of North Africa in the seventh century A.D. Unlike the Berbers who remained with their conquerors, those who went to the High Atlas have until today managed to preserve their identity, their language, and their independence.
(Text adapted from and photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, “Among the Berbers: A Journey Through Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains" January 2005, National Geographic magazine)
[Credit : Alexandra Boulat]