“Life is a loom, whose threads are the days.
God decides when to cut the threads, even though [the work] is unfinished.”
Ancient Berber Proverb
In a part of North Africa where, within miles, the backdrop can change dramatically from snow-blasted mountains to wind-scoured dunes live the Berber people of the Atlas Mountains. In the third book of my trilogy on African women, I examine the difficult lives and remarkable arts of Berber women. As modern times and modern warfare in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia have encroached on their centuries-old traditions, Berber women have begun to give up the old ways. Imazighen (free people) is a record of a people yielding to the pressures of the twentieth century.