Fulani Wodaabe Nomads

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Akadaney, Niger, Africa - Fulani Wodaabe Dancers at Geerewol, often referred to by westerners as the male beauty contest, in which the whiteness of the eyes and the teeth is an important factor in appealing to the female spectators.  Many dancers wear large red and green leather wallets on a cord around their necks.  Others wear red leather amulets, usually with Koranic verses inside for protection or good luck.  On some costumes cowrie shells form a fringe on the bottom, though this site is a thousand miles from the nearest sea coast.