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The Tent in Sahrawi Culture

By Hana Ezaoui
HAF Program Manager, Boujdour Province

Sewing tents is an important activity for the Sahrawi people and is seen as spiritual when considering the strong relationship between Sahrawis and the tent. It represents their traditions and their cultural heritage. It also refers to joy, celebration, and happiness. Sahrawi people who see a tent will feel good and be reminded of joyful and happy memories. It is not just a spatial unit reserved for living space, but refers to all relationships linking the members of a given family. Thus, it represents all the concrete relations within the family.

A tent is a symbol that links Sahrawi people and their traditions and customs regardless of the person’s age. It represents memories for the old people and continuity for the youth. A tent is also the traditional and spiritual link between Sahrawi people and the environment where they grow up. I do not think that there is a standing barrier between the love of the Sahrawi people and the tent. It remains as a symbol of Hassani culture. For all these reasons most Sahrawi women want to continue sewing tents to protect and secure the continuity of this unit in Sahrawi culture.

لمهم بالنسبة لمشروع الخيمة هو امر روحاني بالنسبة لمنطقة الصحراء والصحراويين ، وذلك لان هناك رابط بينهما فهي تمثل لهم تقاليد وموروث يعتزون به. ايضا هي رمز للافراح فكل صحراوي راى خيمة مبنية في اي مكان يبتسم لمجرد رؤيتها فهي توحي له ذكريات فرح وترابط اسري. لايمكن الاستغناء عنه مهما شيد من مساكن عصرية تبقى الخيمة الرمز الاصيل والسكن الذي يصاحبه اينما حل وارتحل.


الخيمة هي رمز من رموز الارتباط بالتقاليد والعادات لدى الصحراويين مهما اختلفت اعمارهم ، فهي ذكريات للشيوخ واستمرارية للشباب ، هي رابط تقليدي وروحاني بين الصحراوي والبيئة التي نشا فيها ، ولا اظن انه في شيء يقف حاجزا بين حب الانسان الصحراوي للخيمة مهما ساير الحضارة تبقى الخيمة كغيرها من التقاليد دالة على ثقافته الحسانية المميزة. لهذا السبب ارتاى بعض السيدات القيام بهذا المشروع لخياطة الخيام لما لها من اهمية في المنطقة ، وسعيا منهن الى تحسين وضعيتهن المالية.

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