Colonial Encounters in Gendered Settings
Reflections on Mrīrīda nʾait ʿAtiq, a Moroccan Amazīgh Courtesan and Singing Poet
Mrīrīda nʾait ʿAtiq, or Mrīrīda ūt-ʿAtiq as she is locally known, is an Amazīgh popular troubadour who has been brought to oblivion by historiography writings. She was a courtesan and a traveling poet whose physical wanderings in the mountainous villages and valleys of Tasāout and Azilal are retold in her oral and aural poetry. Curiously, the often-scornful audiences in the public markets (souks) where she performed never got interested in Mrīrīda’s poems until she met with a French instructor who spoke the local dialect, taped the poems, translated them in French and documented them in Les Chants de la Tassaout.