Fulani Fulbe Series
The Fulani Fulbe Series is an exploration of Pulaaku, the Fulani way of life which allows them to maintain their identity across boundaries and changes of lifestyle.
The Fulani are one of the largest ethnic groups in the Sahel and West Africa and are comprised of nomadic and sedentary populations. They are bound together by the Fula language, their shared history, and their culture.
For this series, I focused on the Fulbe or sedentary way of life. I chose the country of Guinea largely because though Fula people form a minority in every country they inhabit, they represent at least 40% of the population in Guinea. The Fulani in Guinea are from Fouta Djallon, a highland region in the center of Guinea that was part of the 17th century Fulani empire. Nicknamed "the Tibet of West Africa" by famed Fulani historian and ethnologist Amadou Hampate Bâ, Fouta Djallon’s landscape is magical.
This first collection in the series is named after Wansan Gadha Fetorai, a picturesque and serene village in the municipality of Pita. I was inspired by the lush greenery, gorgeous fauna, and stunning landscape. The village of Wansan is comprised of smaller Fulani family villages. Each family property includes acres of land, vegetation, several cattle and other livestock. The minimalist way of life, respect for family, decorum, and pastoral chivalry are aspects I wanted to highlight in the Wansan Collection.