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The Wodaabe are nomadic cattle herders and traders. During the dry season, young girls embroider blouses and skirts in preparation for the annual Geerewol ceremony. They also embroider the tunics that are worn by the men.
This festival provides the main chance of the year for the women to initiate relationships with men and find a second, third, or fourth husband.
The Wodaabe women tattoo their faces using patterns that are believed to give protection against the evil eye.
Dr. Steven Conant, Indianapolis; given to Indianapolis Museum of Art (2001).