This is a haik. It is a berber hijab.
This is a haik. It is a berber hijab.

 On my trip to Morocco I spent a very good amount of time with my Berber side of my  family. When we were all invited to a wedding in Tazzarine which is in the more Berber part of Morocco, I saw maybe 30-40 guests staying in a huge mansion. We ate together, sang together and prayed together. The culture and treating everyone like family showed me that my Berber descent is a part of me. It makes me “fit in” with my mom’s part of my family. Berbers love each other and love showing off who they are. My artifact is the Haik, which is pretty different from a hijab worn by Muslim women and girls. The Haik preserves the Berber culture/history. So therefore, this is important to my family because it shows we are proud to be Berber and we won’t let go of that part of ourselves. This item does relate to the time when Arabs began to colonize North Africa. Also when Berbers began to migrate from Israel to live in North Africa. It connects to migration and culture.

Place(s): Morocco
Year: 2001

– Israa Belbaita

Relationship:  Im/migrant who arrived as a child Im/migrant who arrived as a child