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The ‘Abābda of the wādī Abū Subeīra

Minor Mode - Social anthropology on settled nomads, Aswan region (Egypt), work in collaboration with archaeologists.

- New Fieldwork from 2015.

This new Egyptian ethnographic fieldwork initiated in Feb. 2015 is located in the Aswan region [Aswān] in Nubia, but concerns a fraction of a population, the ‘Abābda (العبابدة) who call themselves Arab Bedouins (the ethnographic literature however attaches them most of the time to the Beja group).

Former pastoral nomads population, these families are settled in the village of Khor Abū Subeīra, near the Nile, at the mouth of wādī Abū Subeīra.

The idea is to work with a team of archaeologists, for an archaeological project in the desert inside the Wādī, whose primary purpose is the survey and study of the rock art.

The wādī Abu Subeīra is part of lineages territory of the ‘Abābda tribe. They have settled on the site since probably only about fifty years. I am in charge of documenting the relationships of the local ‘Abābda— poorly known from ethnological works—with rock arts that dot their territory, their uses and their relationship to this space. Participating in archaeological missions, and then continuing my investigation alone after the departure of French and Egyptian archaeologists, I contribute on the one hand to meet direct questions of the archaeologists on the uses and recent interpretations by the ‘Abābda during the common fieldwork and then I contribute, in the other hand, immersed myself more in the local community to document their lives in a more comprehensive manner.

wādī Abū Subeīra, Near Aswān, South Egypt, Feb. 26th, 2015
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First pictures from a new fieldwork with the ‘Abābda, South Egypt

Monday 30 March 2015 - Vincent Battesti

The ‘Abābda (العبابدة) call themselves originally descendants of Arab tribes, this group of nomads show strong connections with the overarching Beja culture in Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
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