Emperial cities-Ourika Valley and Meknes
Trip Start Aug 03, 2006
7Trip End Aug 29, 2006
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Ourika Valley and the Middle Atlas Berbers:
Three days ago I took a trip to Ourika Valley to be among the Berber people of the Middle Atlas Mountains during a festival on Saturday.
Moroccan Berbers mostly live outside Fes, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, and Agadir and speak one of 4 dialects of Berber. It is hard to distinguish a Arabic Moroccan from a Berber. About 70% of Moroccans have Berber blood and only half acknowledge their origin as part Berber. The word Berber in Arabic means barbarian.