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NYC - Lecture Series w/ Alistair Carr

The Nomad’s Path: Travels in the Sahel

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The Manga is one of Africa’s most remote and wild regions: a hostile and unforgiving landscape inhabited by nomads like the hardy Tubu. Situated in south-eastern Niger, and in the shadow of the Old Salt Road, it has been mislaid by the modern world; no Caucasian had been seen there in living memory.

This lecture is an account of a journey across this inhospitable region with former Tubu rebels at a time of Tuareg insurgency, when explosions from landmines rocked towns, mountains were overrun with militia and journalists were being thrown into desert prisons for speaking to rebel leaders.

Framed against this volatile atmosphere, the lecture is the beginning of a wider enterprise: the exploration of the region’s history and the ongoing consequences of the Tuareg’s 1885 disenfranchisement. It explores the centuries-old link between the Barbary coast and the Sahel along the Old Salt Road, once trodden by corsairs and the armies of empires, while conjuring to life a lost wilderness and those who survive in it.

At its heart, however, is a journey across the Sahel with the Tubu nomads. It is their tale and a window into the nebulous Manga. The lecture observes Tub culture, their harmonious relationship with Islam and their interaction with the Manga’s other peoples: the Fulani, Kanuri and Arabs.

Woven with tales of rebellion, lost settlements and civilizations, explorers – both intrepid and mad – and an epic seventeenth-century odyssey, the lecture is a timely and evocative portrait of the Tubu: a people living on the tide-line of the Sahara and the edge of the world.

Alistair Carr is an explorer, author and artist. He has a love of wilderness environments and has traveled extensively with nomads through their landscape in both Inner Asia and the Sahara. His second book, The Nomad’s Path: Travels in the Sahel has recently been published and is distributed in the US by Palgrave Macmillan. Alistair is on the Council of the Royal Geographical Society.

Date: 5/21/2014

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: NYC Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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