Photographed by Thomas Seligman, Mudman in Kenitasara town, Papua New Guinea, 1977. Thomas K. Seligman: Photographs of Liberia, New Guinea, Melanesia and the Tuareg People.

Artstor has released 3,600 images of Liberia, New Guinea, Melanesia and the Tuareg people by Thomas K. Seligman in the Digital Library. The collection centers on the Tuareg, a nomadic people of the Sahara who live throughout southern Algeria and Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso. The Tuareg form part of the larger indigenous African group the Berbers, and are sometimes referred to as the “Blue People of the Sahara” because of the indigo color of their traditional clothing.

Thomas K. Seligman is the director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Among the many exhibitions Seligman has curated are “Timbuktu to Capetown,” a celebration of African art and culture, and “The Art of Being Tuareg: Sahara Nomads in a Modern World.” Seligman was the founding curator of the Department of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He has done fieldwork among the Tuareg for over thirty years, has authored numerous articles and catalogs on African art, and delivered lectures and podcasts to a wide variety of audiences.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University) page.

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