The Tsimihety are a Malagasy ethnic group located near the north-central coast of Madagascar. Their name means "those who do not cut their hair," in reference to their refusal to adhere to the mourning customs associated with the Sakalava royal court. They number around 700,000 in population.
According to anthropologistDavid Graeber, the Tsimihety exist almost entirely independently of the contemporary Madagascar nation-state, maintaining their own extremely egalitarian, non-hierarchical society. Their history of autonomy extends all the way back to the Maroansetra dynasty in the sixteenth century, up through French colonial rule and today.
It is fady among the Tsimihety to work the land on Tuesdays. The maternal uncle plays an important role in the Tsimihety family.