Mamadou Dougnon
Woodcarver and Blacksmith, Mali


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In Dogon society, the role of woodcarver and blacksmith go hand in hand. So in addition to carving urns and masks for funerals, perhaps more importantly, Mamadou forges the hoes and other tools needed by the subsistence farming community to work their fields. He also makes his own tools to carve with. Here, Mamadou found it humorous that a tool quite similar to what he uses is mounted behind glass in a display at the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art. (click photo to see Mamadou using a similar tool to carve)

these pages submitted to africancraft.com by Shawn Davis,
Mar. 2001 -- last updated, Jun. 2004