Yendouma, A Dogon Village - black and white

Yendouma, A Dogon Village - black and white


84 Pages


Patrice Olivier wants to share his time spent with Hamadou’s and Ali Baba Témé’s children. His photographs invite you to live their daily life.
You will discover their games, village life, school, daily
household duties, traditions and their environment.

After meeting Nouhoum, Michel, Abiba and Oumou,
these children will remain with you when you close
the book.



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Published 01 January 2010
Reads 63
EAN13 9782919632459
License: All rights reserved
Language English

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The bush and the rocky peak called “the 3 Yougas”, opposite Yendouma village : the rocky peak shelters 3 villages: Youga-Piri, Youga-Dogorou and Youga-Nah. According to the legend, the first mask was introduced to the Dogons at Youga-Dogorou.
A small page of history and geography
andiagara is the capital of Dogon. It is situated 75 km east of Mopti. This area is in the B Sahelian zone* and consists of three natural environments : the plateau, the sandstone cliffs and the lower plains. Dogon life revolves around the 200 km long cliffs. It takes over two hours of chaotic and steep paths to go from Bandiagara to Yendouma. For a long time, the Dogons kept their independence because of the difficult access to this isolated and mountainous territory. In the 1940’s, the Dogon population became one of the most well known in Africa becauseof the French ethnologist * Marcel Griaule. His research and findings about the Dogon culture, both surprised and inspired European imaginations.
Abiba Témé.
The Dogons
n the XIV century, the Dogons left the Mandé region situated in south east Mali and Dogon I villages were established in the Bandiagara area. This was because of the Dogon people’s collective refusal to convert to Islam. On arrival, they found the Tellem people living in troglodyte dwellings. These cave-like homes, built in cavities in the cliffs were still intact. The Mali population is composed of 23 different ethnicities. The Bamaras are the largest ethnic* group, whose language is spoken by 80 % of the population. Today, the Dogons represent about 700 000 people. The Dogon language is divided into several dialects*. There is also a secret language, the sigi so which is taught by the elders and used by the “masks” during the religious ceremonies.
The Kanaga is one of the most important Dogon masks. The Kanaga from Yendouma, represents the god Amma, lifting his arms towards the sky. When used for funerals*, the mask bearers dance through the village streets. They point the mask downwards and then straighten themselves quickly in order to try and establish a link between the earth and the sky.
The society of masks called Awa leads the masked dances which are organized for the different ceremonies. Only men are members. Boys can join the society after their circumcision*. Women are not allowed to join.