Berber is derivative word “Barbarians” which was bestowed upon them many years ago by the Romans. They also identify with the word “Amazigh” which means “free people”.
Though there are now more than 1400 different tribes there is one thing all Berbers agree on : “where there is water, there is life”.
The river careening through the Imlil Valley drew the nearly 4000 residents here with it’s life-giving sustenance.In spring the valley is green and lush. animals happily graze the land while their owners scythe and stack long grass for the coming dry months: it’s then stored in traditional Berber food pantries. called Agadir.
The official language of the Berbers is Tamazight. though most also speak Darija. a Moroccan dialect combining elements of Arabic, Tamazight, and Spanish
Moroccans have a great gift for learning languages and those who work in tourism will often speak three or more languages with apparent ease. Of course. it’s always appreciated when you attempt to reciprocate with some elementary Berber words and phrases.
When visiting the beautiful Berber land. you’ll want to be respectful and conscientious guest.