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Morocco is one of those places so unique from the Western culture that it may be a challenge to meld in. Still, mix and mingle with the Berbers and you’ll get more from your tour than any picture can capture. You might share a plate of baghrir (Moroccan pancakes) or tajine (a tasty braised stew cooked with fruits and spices). Or perhaps you’ll take part in a traditional Ahwach dance or cheer on a game of soccer. (Take note. Morocco’s national team is said to be the best in Africa—and they don’t take that lightly!) A little understanding of Berber culture before you leave goes a long way when you arrive and throughout your visit. So say Tifawin (that’s “good morning” in traditional Berber language) to the locals of Morocco. (And cross your right hand over your heart to show them that you mean it!)
Berbers refer to themselves as Amazigh, which means “noble people.” (Outsiders actually started calling them “Berbers.”) However, Berbers aren’t really one group of people, but several different ethnic groups that share similar political, cultural, and economic practices. In the North you’ll find the Riffians, in the South there’s the Chleuhs and in the Sahara you’ll meet the aptly named Saharan Chleuhs.
So how would you recognize a Berber? If you imagine them as nomads dressed in robes, wearing turbans and riding through the desert on camelback, you’re on your way. But if you head to the Valley of the Roses you’re just as likely to find them dwelling in caves. Or if you peer towards the Atlas Mountains near Marrakech you might spot them tending their crops. Don’t forget that Morocco is a Muslim country and so many Berbers follow Islamic practice. That means you’ll want to be conservatively dressed on your travels. Be equally cautious with your camera. If you want to snap a photo of locals, even from afar, you’ll have better luck by asking first. Berbers don’t like to be snapped on the sly!