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mamalon-sm.jpg A small castle-like remnant from colonial days near the market in Sikasso, third region, this structure sits on a hill which entombs an ancient king of the region. The site is known as the Mamalon, the knot that ties up Sikasso, and holds it together.
mudbrickhomes-sm.jpg Looking towards a main intersection in Bandiagara, fifth region. Typical of homes in town, the mud-brick walls show the effects of the rainy season (May-October) which can cause roofs to collapse, inter-village roads to become impassable to motor vehicles and creates the ideal environment for the malaria-carrying anopheles mosquito.
yard-sm.jpg Looking out the window into Bou Traoré's yard in Kéniégoué, first region. The thatched-roof building is the granary, where Bou's family's rice and millet are stored. His large yard serves, as do all such yards in Mali, as a kitchen, laundry, chicken coop, sheep fold and family room.
Crossroads-sm.jpg Bandiagara. At a main crossroads in town, a man dressed for Friday mosque passes the one-time residence of a regional prince, El Hadj Oumar Tall, Gogo's father's father's father.
Doorway-sm.jpg Bandiagara. Madani's doorway (after renovations) at one end of our concession, and the wall between it and an alley-way. A camera out in public always captures kids.
Sunset-sm.jpg Dogon Plateau. Sunset returning from Nombori to Dourou.
Onions-sm.jpg Dourou. The third onion crop of 1994-95 in the fields near the village. The Dogon plateau exports onions all over Mali and elsewhere in West Africa. In Sikasso, Mali's produce capital, where I bought sweet oranges for a cent each.
Sooliman-sm.jpg Dourou. Sooliman Koulibaly, a Bambara man who teaches French to elementary Dogon children, stands in a rock-water-greenery oasis between the village and the onion fields.
Mission-sm.jpg Bandiagara. Facing the Italian-run Roman Catholic mission, which is a centre for ministry and education. Also home to the Sisters who had the malaria treatment that probably saved my life.
DogonPlateau-sm.jpg Dogon Plateau, from Dourou towards Gimini. I made this walk with four Gimini elders. They spoke a little Peulh, but they discussed village business and I looked at the scenery.
Escarpment-sm.jpg Bandiagara Escarpment. I make my way back to Dourou from Nombori with a group of friends, mostly teachers from the surrounding villages. From atop the escarpment they will head back to their own villages.
BozoFishing-sm.jpg At Mopti, the Niger and Bani Rivers meet. The river nomad Bozo people fish from their long canoes, migrating with the schools.

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