These slide shows and videos are from that trip.
Mali Slide Shows and Videos
Slide Show Mopti Video
|Mopti is located on three islands, surrounded by the Niger and Bani Rivers. It is home to all the peoples of Mali - Bamana, Songhai, Fula, Tuareg, Moor, Bozo and Dogon. It was our base for excursions to Djenne, the Dogon Country and Timbuktu.|
Show Djenne Video
|Djenne is unquestionably the most beautiful town in the Sahel. On an island for most of the year the buildings are shaped in the smooth lines of the Sudanic style, moulded from the grey clay of the surrounding plains. The Grande Mosque, built in the style of the original mosque, dominates the townscape. Each year's rains wash away the building's smooth facade and it is restored in the dry season. The beams protruding from the building serve both to support the building and as scaffolding for the annual reconstruction.|
Dogon Slide Show Dogon Video Dogon Sigi Dance Video
|The Dogon people are noted for their colorful masked dance rituals and a distinctive adobe architectual style. The Dogon make their home along a 200 kilometer cliff face, the Bandiagara escarpment.|
Timbuktu Slide Show Timbuktu Video
|For some people when you say 'Timbuktu' it
the end of the world, but that is not true. I am from Timbuktu,
I can tell you we are right at the heart of the world.
Ali Farka Toure
|I found it neither as big nor as populated
as I had
expected. Everything was enveloped in a great sadness. I
amazed by the lack of energy, by the inertia that hung over the town
a jumble of badly built houses..ruled over by a heavy silence.
Rene Caille 1828
|Today, Timbuktu is much closer to the 1828 description than to Ali Farka Toure's. We visited the town, the wonderful libraries that are engaged in saving important texts that were hidden for long years, and a Tuareg camp about 30 minutes north of town.|
Video of a Visit to a Tuareg Camp Tuareg Music and Dance Video
Bamako Slide Show Bamako Video Bamako Recycling Video
|Bamako is the capital of Mali. We visited the National Museum which has an excellent collection of
the recycling market, where used metal is turned into all sorts of
items, and the arts market. Bamako has a lively music scene
unfortunately, we did not get to experience.