A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


This project seeks to collect, record, and digitize the oral histories of nomads in Morocco in order to reinvigorate, voice, and preserve their stories, their folk tales, challenges, and their overall cultural heritage. Several regions in Morocco were dwelled or once inhabited by nomads. The nomads’ movements and transitions from one geographical place to another characterizes a habit practiced for years and years. Nowadays, it even become a reality predicted by the climate change. Nomads have a unique way of life and culture that is at risk of being lost over time. This project aims to ensure that the nomads’ stories are digitized, recorded, and made accessible to future generations by preserving it in Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) digital repository or within repositories of collaborative and contributing libraries and/or academic and cultural settings. The project involves establishing connections with the community of nomads, traveling to identified areas of Morocco where they live, and recording their stories using audio or video equipment. The collected stories will then be transcribed, translated, and analyzed in order to create a digital archive that can be accessed and shared online.

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Dr. Hamdi Echkaou is an Assistant Professor of Communications Media and PR at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) in Morocco. His work has been published in the Journal of North African Studies and authored number of edited book chapters on the youth movement and cyberspace, online newspapers, and internal migration. He has also collaborated with a number of universities in Germany, United States, and China on field projects that involved both research and teaching. In 2018, Dr. Echkaou earned his first Ph.D. in Humanities from Mohamed V University in Rabat. He studied Cyberspace Discourses of the Youth Movement. This academic year Dr. Echkaou is finalizing his 2nd dissertation in Communications Media and Instructional Technology doctoral program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where he also was working as a Teaching Associate in the Communications Media Department. Hamdi has taught both graduate and undergraduate students at Mohamed V University in Rabat, IUP and AUI.