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DOGON: Africa's People of the Cliffs, Walter E.A. van Beek, Photographs by Stephenie Hollyman

In a remote area of Mali the people called Dogon survive today as they have for thousands of years: in mud-brick houses below the Bandiagara cliffs. In the sandy plains, they grow the millet and sorghum they need to live. This photographic portrait allows us to view their traditional way of life, remarkably maintained today even after extensive contact with Western civilization.

Hollyman's pictures show a tightly knit, cooperative society engaging in daily activities and sacred rituals: planting and harvesting crops, creating crafts, and performing varied religious ceremonies, most notably the masked dances with which the Dogon celebrate the burial of their dead. Van Beek's narrative displays the authority and observant eye of an anthropologist who has long lived among the people he writes about.

$49.50 (hardcover)
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