Photographer's Note

This is a view of a Dogon village from high up on the 'falaise' (a steep cliff), just before our scramble down. I believe this particular village is Ibi, but I'm not sure.

Note that the pointed roofs belong to the graneries, while the actual houses have flat roofs.


Dogon Country is a rather isolated and arid area near the eastern edge of Mali near the Burkina Faso border. It is inhabited by the Dogon people. Until the end of the colonial era, they were one of the few African peoples who had most successfully retained their culture and traditional ways of life. Even now, despite the presence of Islam and Christianity, Dogon peoples have largely held onto their animist beliefs, making it not only a real treasury for antropologists, but also a rather popular tourist destination.

In the summer of 2002 my wife and I went on a 10-day walkabout in the area.


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