The Tuareg are nomadic Berbers who inhabit the Sahara and Sahel. They travel through the desert riding camels which allow them to travel long distances.
These unique carved sticks, 'ame ssaqqab', are part of an ingenious construction used to move the Tuareg tents. 4 wooden sticks are used to construct a sedan chair - palanquin - which is placed on the back of the animal. When settled in their tent, they turn around the sedan chair and use it as a little cupboard. Each carrier has a unique engraving with beautiful geometric patterns that are typical for Tuareg art.