Wind Caravan Morocco

April 14 - 22, 2001
Tamdaght, near Aït Benhaddou, Ouarzazate

April 14th (Sat.) - 22th (Sun.) , 2001

Surrounded by rocky hills, Tamdaght is a small village with a beautiful ruin of a casbah, which means fortress. The site for Wind Caravan was a reddish small hill full of rocks adjacent to the village. Although the wind was quiet in the mornings, strong gusts, caused by the heat in the desert, attacked the site every afternoon. Once a strong sand storm with a velocity of 20m/sec. continued to blow for two days and it was nearly impossible to keep our eyes open. The villagers who live in the houses of soil lead a simple life with these endless bursts of sand storms.
Wind Caravan Morocco concluded very successfully thanks to the full support of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication and the Governor of the Province of Ouarzazate. It was especially a wonderful experience to have communicated closely with the local children and villagers crossing over the border of language.
Wind Caravan Morocco - The Inhabitants of the Village of Soil
April 22, 2001
Susumu Shingu


Wind Caravan Morocco Opening Ceremony
April 14th(Sat.), 2001  11:00 - 13:00

Wind Caravan site at Tamdaght
Casbah of Tamdaght
After the visit to the Wind Caravan site by Governor Merghich of the Province of Ouarzazate and the consul Mr. Yokoyama and his wife from the Embassy of Japan, an enormous performance of folkloric dance and music by 200 local performers crested at the casbah. The sails designed by New Zealand children were exhibited on the wall of the casbah.


Activities with Children

Passing out paper and crayons donated by a Japanese company to the pupils of Tamdaght Primary School, we asked them to draw. Many of them depicted the casbah, a place of great pride to them. We exhibited all of their pictures in front of the casbah on the opening day.

We tried to light the lumberjack's candles from Finland in the evening of the opening day. However, it was so windy that we were obliged to make a bonfire with all the candles. We sang, danced and had great fun with the children.

The Casbah and the Villagers
Many storks nest on the towers of the casbah. During our stay, we were often invited to the homes of the villagers where we were treated with mint tea and couscous. Aïcha on the donkey is 13 years old and helped us as a translator of Berber and French.

Organized by : Wind Caravan Executive Committee
Endorsed by : Ministry of Culture and Communication of Morocco, Province of Ouarzazate, Urban commune of Tamdaght in the province of Ouarzazate, Embassy of Japan in Morocco, UNESCO
Supported by : Hermès, Royal Air Maroc, DDI Corporation, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Suntory Limited, Shingu Atelier
Cooperated by : Nippon Express Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Sumitomo Special Metals Co., Ltd., Ashikaga Institute of Technology, Sakura Color Products Corporation