Collaboration, Modernity and Colonial Rule: Sidiyya Baba and Mauritania

By David Robinson

Takna Soldiers

Takna Soldiers
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A recent picture of the Tekna. In the early 20th century they were a well-armed, mobile group of raiders and traders rooted in the north, in what the Spanish called Rio de Oro and would today be called the Western Sahara. They ranged far to the south, along with the Awlad Bu Sba`, and put the Sidiyya on the defensive.

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Takna Soldiers
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Description: A recent picture of the Tekna. In the early 20th century they were a well-armed, mobile group of raiders and traders rooted in the north, in what the Spanish called Rio de Oro and would today be called the Western Sahara. They ranged far to the south, along with the Awlad Bu Sba`, and put the Sidiyya on the defensive.
Date Range: Early 20th Century
Location: Mauritania
Format: Image/jpeg
Rights Management: For educational use only.
Contributing Institution: David Robinson; MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University
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Source: Naimi, Mustapha. La dynamique des alliances ouest-sahariennes (Paris: Maison des sciences de l'homme, 2004), after p 159, Plate XII, top image.

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