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Djermakoy
Dosso, Niger. 1936

 

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In Niger, I spent the Tabaski Festival in Dosso. Here I had the chance to see the cavalry of Djermakoy, Mohammedans whose appearance had hardly changed since the Crusades - except that their armature and saddle blankets were made of straw instead of iron, and were stuffed into tight cushions to withstand the sharp points.

P. Verger