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Keur Diatta: Village Migrant (Migrant Village)

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Keur Diatta: Migrant Village My grandfather says that the Diolas are the first inhabitants of the village. They are the ones that dug these famous wells. After them, Yakham Ngom came, then Matar Mboup, Penda Thioro... It was a big village, with 2 chiefs. Each morning, the two chiefs and their guard would go by horseback to the village plaza where they would make their horses dance, and then return each one to its yard. Then my grandfather Abdoulaye came, his elder brother had followed the chiefs during their wanderings; and they used their mystical powers to make it back. On his return he was entrusted with the supervision of the village. He reigned several years and, upon his death, his brother Abdoulaye succeeded him. Upon his death, his children Badou and Malick Gueye decided to move to Notto. The elders were opposed, because they preferred the calm of their village. They cultivated their fields and, in the evening the young abandoned the village and went to stay in Notto, leaving my grandmother Gamou all alone. We frequented Notto but we lived still in Keur Diatta. When all the elders were dead, the young ones wanted to leave, but my grandmother was still opposed to it. They stayed until her death and then came to live here in this house. There were no other houses near here. We built our houses, and have renamed this quarter Keur Diatta. That is how this quarter was populated. All these houses that you see are part of the quarter. Keur Diatta, there were 4 concessions. It was after this that the others came to live here. We live in our corner, tranquilly. But we women and the women of Notto, we share lots of things, and we live in harmony.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 35 seconds
Year: 2008
Country: Senegal
Language: French (France)
Producer: Plan Senegal, Senegalese Youth
Director: Senegalese Youth
Views: 69
Posted by: lraftree on Dec 8, 2008

Learn how the Keur Diatta quarter of Notto came to be.

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