The nomadic tribe of Wodaabe, “under the taboo of purity”, travel the Southern edge of Sahara as cattle-herders. Renown for the cultivation of beauty, the Woodabe believe themselves to be the most beautiful people in the world!
This dagger, produced by a Hausa smith, was bought and used by Wodaabe men before it became a part of Moesgaard Museum’s ethnographical collections. As a multi-purpose knife, it has slaughtered sheep, goats and other animals, and cut wood and other material of use in the nomadic tribe.
To read more about the Wodaabe nomad tribe, see our post on their famous Wife-stealing Festival!
// Ciara Coogan
Photo: © 2014 Jacob Due, Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.
Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck, lbmfotografi.wix.com