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Moussem Moulay Abdellah 2018: TABIYAZT in the spotlight

El Jadida: from 3d to 10th August the Moussem of Moulay Abdellah Agbey has put in the spotlight the cultural heritage Doukkali. Among the activities put forward: the falconry of the Kwassems more known as TABIYAZT.

The secular Moussem Moulay Abdellah Amghar, which took place under the high patronage of SM King Mohammed VI from the 3rd to the10th August 2018, has still been a perfect opportunity to highlight the Jdidi cultural heritages.

500,000 people responded to the Moussem call. This is how the Kwassems were able to show off their talents and know-how. Through several shows using falcons trained by their care the “Byaza” have demonstrated a particular human-animal relationship. Like every year, the enthusiasm was at the rendezvous showing a obvious interest of the public in the face of a heritage sometimes unknown but always appreciated.

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TABIYAZT: The Moroccan Falconry

Falconry, Al Bayzara, Tabiyazt, al Sayd B-Ettaïr al Horr, Assaqqara, or falcon hunting is the art of capturing live preys with raptors specially trained for this purpose.

The practice of TABIYAZT has appeared in Morocco with the advent of the Arabs in the Maghreb, since the 12th century. This mode of hunting was, then, widespread, both in the royal community and among nomadic and semi-nomadic communities.

Historical texts attest to the interest that the Sultans of Morocco – since the Almohad (13th century) to the modern Alawi (since the seventeenth century)- granted to the art of TABIYAZT and the role played by the Falcon in the diplomatic exchanges of Morocco with the other Eastern and Western sovereigns.

It is quite difficult to specify a date regarding the beginning of the practice of the art of falconry in Morocco. Nevertheless, the practice of TABIYAZT appeared in our country with the advent of the Arabs in the Maghreb, in particular, from the 12th century onwards. This mode of hunting then spread, both among the ruling elite and among nomadic and semi-nomadic communities. The historical texts attest to the interest that the Sultans of Morocco, from the time Almohad at the time Alawi, granted to the art of TABIYAZT and the role played by the Falcon in the diplomatic exchanges of Morocco with the other sovereigns of the East and the West . The Dahirs of the nineteenth century testify to the importance attributed to this activity by the Alawi sultans who have continually encouraged the Kouassem families of Doukkala, known for a long time by their passion for falconry, and who have managed to Keep this tradition alive until today.

Attracted by the exploits of this bird in the pursuit and capture of prey, the man first used it for hunting purposes before making his use an art and a fascinating leisure sport that has its ethics and rules, demanding patience and perseverance To capture the Falcon, maintain it, affaiter it, and make it hunt.

Falconry has traditionally been practised by the Kwassems tribe in the Doukkala region for a very long time. It is exercised in the open areas adjacent to their homes. The kind of Falcon most used is the pilgrim called “Bahri” and “Nandagiri”, it is captured in the regions of the cities Essaouira and Safi with a traditional method: a net is stretched around three stakes and on which one places a pigeon serving as bait. Attracted by the agitation of the pigeon, the hawk hovers around him, then he attacks him. At that time the Falcon is hung in the net and then captured by the falconer. This one proceeds, then, to its affaitage and its initiation to the hunt of the game, which can last several weeks. The kind of game hunted and the most widespread in Morocco is of type Curlew garish called locally korzit -Burhinus oedicnemus-.

The practice of this art has succeeded in bringing together a large number of passionate followers in several regions of the world federated notably by the international Association of falconry, of which Morocco is an active member.

“Rich in these centuries-old traditions and its many variations, what is really Falconry?
Essentially it is a dramatization, and a personalized form of ornithology. This implies a type of proxy hunting, where the human identifies with the raptor and consents to a role of secondary importance. This identification is so absolute that sometimes the falconer is literally incarnated in the bird. He then enters the inflexible world of nature, where death is common, and every minute of life, an accomplishment. And in this world, what seems familiar to us suddenly takes on a new meaning. Man is metamorphosed, he acquires a fraction of the hawk’s qualities and feels the excitement of his fiery flight. Falconry allows us to take part in a complete ritual, consisting of a beginning, a purpose and a definite goal suddenly accessible. She offers us a real collaboration that requires a sense of responsibility, creativity, and a taste for risk. Could this be a way to escape the confusion and stagnation inherent in modern life? because Falconry raises the spirit, broadens our horizons and instills in us a certain philosophy. How else can we explain this fascination exerted on us by a bird, which is after all a heap of feathers and a few pounds of flesh?
What, then, is falconry, if not a form of love, a form of forgotten love.
An old poem summarizes this thought well: “There comes a time when the bird on your fist is ready to fly, as it moves away, it seems closer to you but rises higher and higher. Where are you then? you who have weak eyes and heavy foot, dominate your limitations and fly! fly under his wing … “
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MAFRC Participates in Regional Workshop on Conservation and Development…

The Moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptor’s Conservation (MAFRC) participates Thursday, November 30, 2017, in El Jadida, the regional workshop on the conservation and development of Falconry.

As part of the operationalization of the regional plan of the Law 29-05, the Regional Direction of Water and Forests and the fight against the Desertification of the Center organizes the launching workshop of the “Regional program of conservation and development patrimonial of Falconry “on November 30, 2017 in El Jadida.

This workshop allowed to associate a broad spectrum of institutional partners, scientists as well as associations of falconers.

The organization of this falconry workshop is not only an opportunity to bring falconry into compliance with the legal provisions of the CITES 29-05 Act, but will also be a first step in operationalizing the program. heritage conservation.




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El Jadida: Falconry Festival kicks off its fifth edition

The rural commune of Zaouïat Lekouassem, in the province of El Jadida, is hosting, from September 29 to October 1, 2017, the fifth edition of its Falconry Festival.

Falconry: Ancestral Tradition and Universal Heritage, Intergenerational Transmission” It is the theme of the fifth edition of the Lekouassem Falconry Festival that will take place in the rural commune of Zaouïat Lekouassem.

Organized under the auspices of the province of El Jadida by the Provincial Association of Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Association of Falconers Lekouassem Ouled Frej and the Regional Directorate of Culture, the event will take place September 29 October 1st.

In the rural center of Had Ouled Frej, the tribe of Lekouassem nowadays represents the last rampart which preserves ancestral tradition, having known formerly its most noble letters of nobility. Considered for some time as a simple local curiosity, falconry Lekouassem nowadays a renewed interest and recognition and has made this area a favorite place for the development of the art of the thieving and its transmission of father to son. This fifth edition offers an enticing program to introduce heritage and falconry in the village of Smâala Ouled Frej which unquestionably represents the only stronghold of falconry in Morocco. Faithful to its vocation, this Festival tries to promote the culture and the heritage of the region on a background of varied and enticing animation, with on the menu of exhibitions of falconry, shows of folklore, an exhibition of local products of the region , an exhibition of Moroccan purebred hunting dogs, the “Sloughi”, a photographic exhibition of falconry under the theme
“Falconry in the Arab world”, an exhibition of hunting tools, a competition for visual artists (young and confirmed) around the hawk, in addition to fantasia shows and traditional music animated by various folk groups and popular groups. The event will also focus on the Doukkali horse and culinary arts, which are part of the region’s rich heritage.

Falconry, “Al Bayzara”, or hawk hunting is the art of capturing live game with raptors specially trained for this purpose. The practice of this art appeared in our country with the advent of the Arabs in the Maghreb, especially from the twelfth century. This mode of hunting then spread as well in the royal circles as among nomadic and semi-nomadic communities. Historical texts attest to the interest that the sultans of the Maghreb, from the time of the Almohads (13th century), gave to this art and the role played by the hawk in the diplomatic exchanges between Morocco and the countries of the East and from the West. This original and popular tradition is based on the affaitage of the only two species of winged genius perfectly adapted to the hunting methods practiced, namely the peregrine falcons called “Bahri” and “Nebli”. Well anchored, the art of falconry, legacy of our ancestors, inspires by its nobility and authenticity a sense of pride.