Mamadou Dougnon
Woodcarver and Blacksmith, Mali


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Carving a panel for a courtyard door out of acacia wood. Traditionally, carved doors were found throughout Dogon country on courtyard gates, houses and granaries (silos). Their various symbols refer to different elements in the traditional Dogon animist religion. Perhaps due to the increasing conversion of animist populations to Islam and Christianity as well as the fact that western museums and collectors have acquired many of the original doors, it is now rare to find carved doors in Dogon villages.

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Mar. 2001 -- last updated, Jun. 2004