August 9, 2013
The last generation of tattooed women in Algeria is fading, but the tradition lives on in other forms.
July 26, 2013
Your Middle East
What is the meaning behind the ancient Algerian tattoo ritual? A fading tradition, it is now only carried by the elder generation of women in the Aurès Mountains district.
August 23, 2012
Huffington Post, Untold Stories
The tattoos that adorn the faces and bodies of elderly Chaouia women in rural Algeria may have roots as far away as Iraq. What the tatoos mean is largely a mystery. They soon may disappear for good.
August 17, 2012
At age 90, Arjona Chergui not only remembers songs surrounding the old tattooing tradition, but still enjoys singing them.
August 2, 2012
Yasmin Bendaas considers the perennial quest for beauty and good health in uncovering the meaning behind the traditional tattoos of Algerian women.
July 11, 2012
The tattoos of women in the Aurés Mountains of Algeria recall a bygone era rich in history and tradition. Today each woman bears a unique cultural marker -- and the individual story it tells.
June 26, 2012
In the Aures Mountains of Algeria, the practice of tattooing has stopped due to Islamic influence. Some elderly tattooed women seek forgiveness while others remain content.