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, September 08, 2008

MOROCCO: INTO THE ATLAS –PART 6: THE FLOCKS

Goats and sheep are as important to the Berber people as their gardens. These animals provide more than meat. They also provide milk and, in the case of sheep, the wool needed for weaving cloaks, rugs, and sleeping mats. These items might be kept for the family’s use in the harsh winters, but they might also be sold in Marrakech to supply needed funds. In turn, those funds purchased loaf sugar, tea, or other staples that couldn’t be grown at home.

The nomadic Berber tribes south of the Atlas live in tents (see photo 2) and move during the year to fresher pastures. But the mountain Berbers have to take the flocks farther afield if grazing land is used up closer to home.

And what happens to those flocks in the winters? How are they protected from the fierce cold, snow, and wind? Many villages have sheep and goat pens to house their animals (photes 3 and 4).

In Jade’s time, a few villages might have found these pens to be protection against the few remaining Barbary lions. But many years before Jade’s 1920 visit in The Serpent’s Daughter, Barbary lions and wild bear were a serious concern for the Berber people.

NEXT WEEK: MOUNTAIN KASBAHS.

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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