I saw in her my many sisters, mothers, grandmothers - the grand dames of the continent that exemplify what I consider my lineage - righteous and elegant women. Women who are by their very nature 'feminists'. Simple and profound.
I could go on and on about her- but the reason I am posting is to link to her site, draw attention to her art, which is her work - this splendid story telling of an ancient female culture that obviously lives and breathes through the story teller. I don't know if what is going on in Algeria and North Africa affects the Kabyles, the Berbers - I would imagine that it does and as such, hers is an interesting history to know.
As a cultured and wise woman who's life work and books are dedicated to the ancient Kabyle culture of the North African continent, I imagine she would have a lot to say about these current events in North Africa. If and when I hear from her again I will report.
Here is more information on Malika from her website:
"Makilam is a Kabyle, a historian and a PhD. She was raised in a village of the Djurdjura, (a region of northern Algeria) until she was seventeen, and has since lived in Europe. She has always remained very close to her roots, and her testimony, interspersed with personal experiences, sheds completely new light on the rituals and myths of this vanishing society."
For information about her work at the 2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies on the Societies of Peace web site you will find her presenting her research via podcast in 'The Four Seasons of Life of a Kabyle Woman'.