The Tuareg are a Berber people best known as the "Blue men of the desert" a title derived from their distinctive blue head scarfs. They are found across the area where the Sahel meets the Sahara, but most commonly in Mali, Niger, Algeria and in small communities in Libya and northern Nigeria. They are the best known of the takouba using peoples and may well be responsible for the form being present further into the interior of Africa. In fact their use of the sword is so ubiquitous that almost all takouba encountered at auction or among dealers and collectors are immediately classified as being Tuareg.