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Dolls created by Moroccan and Saharan children Document made for the seminars at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Programa de Educación Inicial y Primera Infancia Buenos Aires October 2010.

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Dolls created byMoroccan and Saharan childrenDocumentmade for the seminars at theFacultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias SocialesPrograma de Educación Inicial y Primera InfanciaBuenos AiresOctober 2010

celebrating children’s creativityin their self made toys froma multicultural perspectivewww.sanatoyplay.orgJean-Pierre Rossie
creating dolls is most often done by girls who use themfor games of marriage, household games andgames staging female activities

game of marriage, Anti-Atlas, 2005

mistress of ceremonieswith a tube of pomade as frame Anti-Atlas, 2007unless indicated otherwise thedolls werecreated by girls

bridegroom and brideclothed in the traditional wayAnti-Atlas2006the groom carries a dagger and a bag with herbs as magical protectionthe bride has herface coveredagainst theevil eye

sahrawi bride and bridegroom western sahara 2008
Sahrawi bride and bridegroom, Western Sahara, 2008

doll’s frame made of a bone fixed in a bundle of rags

Sahrawi babiesmadewith ragsWestern Sahara2008 the blue bag filled with herbs represents protection magic
mother with baby and father anti atlas 2007
mother with baby and father, Anti-Atlas, 2007

exceptionally the legs are cut out at the base of the reed

mother with baby and small daughter anti atlas 2007
mother with baby and small daughter, Anti-Atlas, 2007

sweet wrappers have been used as dresses


Belghenja dollmade by women to be walked in processionduring theritual forobtaining rain the boy holds Belghenja dolls made by girlsAnti-Atlas2007

baba ashur and his wife left doukkala 2008 frame with a bone of the a d el kebir sheep
Baba Ashurand his wife(left)Doukkala2008frame witha bone of theaïd el kebir sheep

Ashura is a Moroccan feast lasting for ten days at which it is customary to give sweets and presents to children. It falls on the tenth day of the first month of the Muslim calendar. A PowerPoint presentation Ashura: a children’s feast in Morocco is available on (see Documentation Center: Multimedia: Rossie 2008)

mother and daughter dressed for a feast anti atlas 2006
mother and daughter dressed for a feast, Anti-Atlas, 2006

the fibulas closing the large white veil are cut out of an aluminum sheet

spectator of the sahrawi dance
spectator of the Sahrawi dance

Western Sahara, 2007

policemen anti atlas 2007
policemen, Anti-Atlas, 2007

clothing of paper packaging frame of plastified wire

tourist at the beach anti atlas 2007
tourist at the beach, Anti-Atlas, 2007

second hand plastic doll dressed by girlumbrella and reclining chair of plastified iron wire and wool threads

emigrants’ daughter visiting the homelandAnti-Atlas2006plastic dollwith a dress made by the girlcar made by a boy
doll representing a performer in the ahwash dance high atlas 1992 boys make doll s only seldom
doll representing a performerin theahwash dance High Atlas1992boys make dolls only seldom

schoolgirls dressed in wrapping papermade by boys in the first year of primary schoolbut denigrated by girls as too rudimentaryAnti-Atlas, 2007


traditional doll doll made by young woman made by girl to be sold to tourists

Moroccan Sahara, 1996 Moroccan Sahara, 2001

fantasy doll
fantasy doll

Anti-Atlas, 2007


© Jean-Pierre Rossieall photos taken by the authorexcept the photos of slides 3, 6, 33, 35 and 49taken by Khalija Jariaa (the woman on slide 31)