Mali highlights Proofsheet

A Photo Gallery By Heather Farish

Here are some of the highlights of Mali, in West Africa. It is a land of contrasts: river and desert; bright coloured clothes and dark skin; poor living conditions and rich music; ancient history and the 21st century.

Dogon mask
Dogon mask
A Tuareg desert nomad
A Tuareg desert nomad
West African market crowd
West African market crowd
Mopti harbour, Mali
Mopti harbour, Mali
West African jewelry
West African jewelry
On camels in the Sahara Desert near Timbuktu, Mali
On camels in the Sahara Desert near Timbuktu, Mali
An African girl with braided hair
An African girl with braided hair
Hot red peppers
Hot red peppers
A group of West African women in a small wooden boat
A group of West African women in a small wooden boat
Dogon village
Dogon village
Dogon village elder
Dogon village elder
Two donkeys in a mud house doorway
Two donkeys in a mud house doorway


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Photo 1. The Dogon people who live in southern Mali are known for their ancient traditions of which the mask dancing is one. Their masks are colourful and often fearsome.

Photo 2. Mali is a mixture of many different tribal groups that each have their own traditions. This Tuareg desert nomad, with the traditional blue scarf, lives near Timbuktu on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Hanging from his neck is a Tuareg purse.

Photo 3. The Monday market in Djenne, Mali brings a crowd of people in from surrounding villages.

Photo 4. Mopti is a hustling port town on the Niger River in central Mali, which becomes even busier on Thursday, the weekly market day.

Photo 5. These metal and bead necklaces, an example of West African jewelry, were offered for sale in Mopti, Mali. Mopti is a hustling port town on the Niger River in central Mali, which becomes even busier on Thursday, the weekly market day.

Photo 6. On camels in the Sahara Desert near Timbuktu, Mali. An interesting but uncomfortable way to explore the Sahara Desert is to go on a camel ride.

Photo 7. This West African girl with braided hair is at Timbuktu's Niger River port of Port Korioume in Mali.

Photo 8. Hot red peppers at Djenne Market in Mali.

Photo 9. This group of women in a small wooden boat approach Timbuktu's Niger River port of Port Korioume in Mali.

Photo 10. This is the Dogon village of Ireli at the foot of the Bandigara Escarpment in southern Mali.These structures are built on the escarpment face.

Photo 11. A Dogon village elder at Komikana outside the village meeting house.

Photo 12. Two donkeys in a mud house doorway. The Dogon people live in southern Mali at the foot of the Bandigara Escarpment, in traditional earthen villages. Theirs is a life of ancient traditions merged with Islam or Christianity.