Photographer's Note

The villages that we visited in Bassari country are in most remote parts of Senegal. The road there is bumpy and in the red dust. And after that one has to climb quite high up by steep and rocky path. So it is not easy to find oneself there. But this is the UNESCO Heritage Site and there come tourists, like our group. I do not know how often. The people are not spoilt like for instance in Himba village in Namibia or villages with the women with long neck in Thailand or Myanmar. The children were not begging, there were no problems with pictures. I took a lot of nothing specials. Maybe they got some money from our guides.
When the tourists come, it is the occasion to earn some money. All inhabitants are interested and gather around. Usually, I do not buy anything on my trips, but here I could not resist temptation and I bought a big mask and two wooden figures. And I regret I haven't bought the mask that I wore in my previous photo :).
In the village, the inhabitants presented to us their culture - the chief told us stories about their history and life, they showed us their masks, prepared the lunch and also showed us dances.
The dance was not especially dynamical but I liked the costumes. Usually, they dance with the masks for the initiate celebrations. But we were not there during this time, so they showed us just a part of it. Here you can see the typical round huts of the village. The children and other people of the village observed with great interest.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35072] (158204)
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