Monday, February 24, 2014

Houssa Horseman in the Republique Du Niger

Republique Du Niger
Cavalier Houssa
Houssa horseman

postmarked in 1976 with a Republique Du Niger, Ostrich stamp

the sender writes:
Dear All,
Arrived in Agades on Thursday.  Large market with lots of locally made souvenirs.  As soon as you arrive, lare numbers of local children attach themselves to you as guides.  

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The Hausa are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa. They are a chiefly located in the Sahelian areas of northern Nigeria and southeastern Niger. The Hausa are a minority in every country they reside in except Niger where they constitute the majority. 

A few Hausa have also moved to large coastal cities in the region however, most are concentrated in small villages or towns in West Africa, where they grow crops or raise livestock, including cattle. 

Niger (Republique de Niger) stamp 1959
Autruches (Ostriches)
Protection de la faune (from the series, Wildlife Protection)  60 F

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