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The Guérewol is an annual courtship ritual competition among the Wodaabe people of Niger. Young men dressed in elaborate ornamentation and made up in traditional face painting gather in lines to dance and sing, vying for the attentions of marriageable young women. The Guérewol occurs each year as the nomadic Wodaabe cattle herders gather at the southern edge of the Sahara before dispersing south on their dry season pastures. The most famous gathering point is In-Gall in northwest Niger, where a large festival, market and series of clan meetings take place for both the Wodaabe and the Tuareg people. They perform a dance called Yaake, followed by bartering over dowry, competitions or camel races among suitors.

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