Some of the people from our class entertaining the neighborhood kids
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Children of Darajat
Darajat or Drejat is a small village of 800 people nestled in the Arad Valley in the Negev. They are falakhim - or Arab farmers - who established the city in the mid 19th century. They do not consider themselves Bedouin now anymore but come from that lifestyle lineage. I spent a week in Darajat with ten other people learning a little Arabic and living in a host home. Over the next few days I'll be posting photographs from the village and will give more commentary. The two above photos show the little ones of the village watching the young teens perform traditional Bedouin dances.