Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, August 18, 2008

MOROCCO: INTO THE ATLAS –PART 3

The Berber tribes moved into the refuge of Morocco’s mountains, fleeing from Roman and Arab invaders and even each other. Isolated from each other by the harsh mountains, fierce winters, and dry summers, they formed their own villages; built into the mountains sides close to one of the life giving streams farther down the slope. (photo 1)

Homes and villages were constructed of pise, equivalent to adobe. (photo 2)


The dwellings were made snug against each other and with their backs often against the protective shelter of the mountainside. The house interior belonged to the women during the day and men spent the days working the fields, tending the sheep, and then later, visiting in a village plaza while the women cooked, sewed, or made their beautiful rugs and cloaks on tall looms in one corner of the house. Another woman’s area was the well and a man had little business there intruding on the woman’s almost sacred domain.



When Jade visited her village in 1920 (The Serpent’s Daughter), she met many of these women and saw the interiors of their homes. Once again, the interior beauty was more important than the exterior of the house which frequently blended into the mountain so as to be nearly invisible. (there are two villages hidden in photo 3 with one shown more close up in 4)






NEXT WEEK: HOUSE CONSTRUCTION IN THE MOUNTAINS.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter (available in paperback October, 2008). The fourth book The Leopard’s Prey, will be available in hardcover January 2009. For more information, visit the website: www.suzannearruda.com

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1 Comments:

Blogger Blog Stalker said...

Wow! Love this blog! cool story line to bring the history to life.

nice post

Mon Aug 18, 11:13:00 AM CDT  

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