Berber Americans

Berber Americans, American Berbers or Amazigh Americans, are Americans of Berber (or Amazigh) descent. Although the majority of the population of the Maghreb (in the North Africa) is of Arabized Berber descent, only 1,327 people declared Berber ancestry in the 2000 US Census. People of Berber origin in United States have created several associations with goal of maintaining and strengthening their language and culture, such as The Amazigh Cultural Association in America (ACAA),[2] The United Amazigh Algerian (UAAA),[3] The Amazigh American Association of Washington, DC., and the Boston Amazigh Community.

Berber American
Total population
1,327 (2000 census)[1]
American English · Berber · Arabic · French
Majority Sunni Islam, Ibadi
minority Atheism, Irreligion, Judaism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
North Africans in the United States

Notable people

  • Elias Zerhouni, Algerian-born radiologist and medical researcher
  • Helene Hagan, American anthropologist and Amazigh activist
  • Mohamed Mrabet, Moroccan-born author artist and storyteller of the Ait Ouriaghel tribe in the Rif region
  • Zaida Ben-Yusuf, English-born Algerian-American portrait photographer.
  • Malika Zarra, Moroccan-born, American/Moroccan singer, composer, and music producer now based in New York City
  • Othmane Benafan, NASA scientist and co-inventor

See also


  1. US Census Bureau. "The Arab Population: 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  2. Olivia Miller (November 26, 2008). "A Countries and Their Cultures: Algerian Americans". Countries and their cultures. Retrieved May 22–26, 2010. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. United Amazigh Algerian Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine

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