The desert nomads culture, a culture without borders
You’re sitting on the ground in a traditional desert tent, crossed legs on a mattress, drinking hot tea and eating Lib’e, a traditional bread; you’re in a small village in the middle of the desert, made of tents, camels and sheep all around, listening to the tales of the Bedouin people, the trails masters of the desert.
The Bedouins are the Negev desert traditional inhabitants, an ethnic group traditionally divided into tribes, residing between Sinai (Egypt), Jordan and the Negev desert (Israel). Historically, the Bedouin engaged in nomadic herding and agriculture, as well transporting goods and people across the desert. Scarcity of water and of permanent pastoral land required them to move constantly; however, since the Ottoman Empire days, the Bedouin have become semi-nomadic. Today, about 40% of the original 170,000 Bedouins in the area still reside in unrecognized settlements and villages, and maintain the tribal traditions and honor codes.
“The Bedouin go with the direction of the wind, never against it…” says Salman, the family head in one of the last traditional villages, inviting you for peek into the challenges of the Bedouin society in the modern world; how, in the era of computers and “everything here and now”, can one maintain his ancestors traditions, teach the young generation the ways of the desert and the patience of nature.
Come visit a Bedouin community and learn about the way of life, food, and the customs of the fascinating desert nomads. We will visit a local community, greet and dine on traditional food with the family members.