The first days of residency were devoted to the anthropo/geological recognition of the ancient rock engravings and to the life of the Amazigh shepherds, who have been practicing transhumance for millennia and reside in the high alpine lands for about 5 months a year.[ read more ]
Oukaïmeden is one of the sites with the highest number of rock engravings in the High Atlas area, and the study of these engravings is of considerable importance.The works depicted are different: geometric, anthropomorphic, weapons, wagons , hunting scenes, faunistic representations.
Some of the representations in the mountains, recall both in execution and in the symbology the late italian rocky engravings in Valcamonica.
This coincidence has further strengthened the research of the artist Ettore Favini, who in the last years is working around the Mediterranean in a process of hybridization of objects, tools and materials that carry a common heritage of symbols and decorative motifs. The artist, in the village of Gliz, created and designed with local weavers, two carpets by hybridizing the symbols and mixing the patterns he had previously encountered in Sardinia, during his project titled Arrivederci. Favini then, engraved on a local red stone the inscription "Arrivederci" (Good bye) in Arabic and French, under a map that tracks the nomadic trails used each year to arrive in Oukaimeden, as a tribute to a new return for a seasonal trip which is transmitted from generation to generation for millennia.