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"These beautiful photographs capture the essence of the Dogon people of Mali, whose way of life is closely connected to the natural environment. The villagers’ sounds, proverbs, and culture are exposed through stunning images of rare trees, dense stone and earth, and caves carved out as dwellings. The photos record the Dogon people's gestures and attitudes, observe their objects and customs, scrutinize bodies and faces, and probe expressions that openly convey a noble simplicity. Together they paint a portrait of a remarkable society which some fear will not be able to withstand the joint impact of Islam and tourism for much longer."
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Agnes Pataux was born in a small French village in the Pyrenees. She has traveled to Mali and has photographed the Dogons. Her previous book with 5 Continents, Ireland: On the Edge of Europe, has won the "Nature et Decouverts" prize at the Biarritz photography festival. Genevieve Calame-Griaule is research director at the CNRS. Since 1946 she has visited the Dogon country with her father Marcel Griaule. She is an ethnolinguist and she has studied the relationship between language, culture and society. She has published several works on African oral literature.
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Book Description 5 Continents Editions, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M8874390556