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The Rashida are descendants of 19th-century immigrants from Saudi Arabia presently occupying the area centered around Kassala in Sudan, though occasionally traveling through the Eastern Desert to Shalateen. They usher large herds of camel from Sudan through the inhospitable terrain to sell them at Shalateen’s camel market, where traders from all over Egypt bargain for camel deals. They are an interesting people, and don't really comply with the rules of a normal citizenship; relocating from place to place and trading in absolutely everything; buying and selling locally made handicrafts such as jewelry, knives, and swords.
As in other Arab tribal traditions, the women consider their mouth to be one of their private parts, and always have it covered, as well as most of their body, even in 40+ degree heat. They wear colorful fabrics and craft many things out of beads such as wall hangings, veils and jewels. Women of the Rashida tribe make the silver jewelry.
In wedding celebrations men show off their warrior skills, staging sword fights. Tribesmen cheer around the two dueling swordsmen, waiting for their turn. The swordsmen dual fearlessly, clashing their swords in blazing speed while kicking dirt at their opponent’s face. In another part of the camp sheep and goats are slaughtered for the feast.
They love to have their picture taken and often crowd around for a photo.

Portraits


Rashida child with colorful veil


Girl with lower face veil covering mouth


Selling traditional embroidery


Rashida men's traditional lavender turbine



Woman's beaded lower face veil



A rashida boy


Elder woman with henna dyed hair



Other Rashida men wear a white turbine



Some exhibit wild hair styles



Rashida child with colorful veil



Rashida are a colorful people



Children at tent
Habitation types


Camel hair fabric covers traditional tent


Inside a men's tent


Modern tents are covered with polyester


Rashida tents have distinctive proportions


Rugs are laid out on the tent in the sun


At the camp
Livelihoods-crafts- customs


Herding camels from Sudan


A man feeling for his blown off turbine


Rashida are accomplished camel riders


Bargaining for a camel deal


The camel market in shalteen


Each camel is marked by his owner


Resting in Shalateen camel market


The camel market in shalteen


Some now live in colorful wooden shacks


Silver ankle bracelet


Gabana (local coffee)pot stand


Traditional embroidery


Sword dance


Traditional ornate sword


Rashida man showing off his swords


Selling traditional crafts to tourists


Sword dance


Slaughtering sheep for the wedding feast
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