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Resources and other Websites on the Dogon


  • General information: Bandiagara region/Dogon
    UNESCO website describing the Bandiagara plateau and escarpment, inscribed in the World Heritage List for its natural and cultural importance. Listed is information on: geographical location, physical features, climate, vegetation, fauna, cultural heritage, human population, conservation management and others.

  • Museums with Dogon collections: Musee National du Mali
    Website of the National Museum of Mali in Bamako, which holds an extensive collection of Dogon objects and provides some images and descriptions of Dogon wooden sculpture on its website.

  • General information: Bandiagara region/Dogon
    Entry of the Bandiagara plateau and escarpment, settled by the Dogon, in the UNESCO World Heritage List on the basis of its natural and cultural importance.

  • Museums with Dogon collections: Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden
    Website of the National Museum of Ethnology (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde) in Leiden, Netherlands, which holds a large collection of mostly day-to-day Dogon objects. The collections database including photographs and brief descriptions of objects can be accessed via the museumís website.

  • Museums with Dogon collections: Museon, Den Haag
    Website of the Museon in den Haag. The museum holds very few Dogon objects, but has an electronic exhibition on Mali and its textiles (including a mention of Tellem/Dogon textiles):
    http://www.museon.nl/mali_nafolo/index.html.


  • Museums with Dogon collections: Stichting Volkenkundige Collectie Nederland
    Website offers combined access to the collections databases of eight Dutch museums with ethnological collections, and also provides links to all individual museums (Afrika Museum, Berg-en-Dal; Museum Nusantara, Delft; Nijmeegs Volkenkundig Museum; Museon, Den Haag; Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden; Tropenmuseum Amsterdam; Gerardus van der Leeuw, Groningen; Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam). All, apart from the Museum Nusantara, have at least some Dogon objects in their collections.

  • Museums with Dogon collections: MusÈe du Quai Branly, Paris
    Website of the MusÈe du Quai Branly, the new museum for African, Asian, Oceanian and American art in Paris. The museum incorporates the ethnological collections of the MusÈe de líHomme and those of the MusÈe National des Arts d'Afrique et d'OcÈanie. It holds one of the largest and oldest collections of Dogon objects. Some wooden sculptures are depicted and described on the website of the museum.

  • Museums with Dogon collections: Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.
    Website of the National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., with a Dogon wooden sculpture on view (http://www.nmafa.si.edu/pubaccess/pages/onviewfrm.htm).

  • Museums with Dogon collections: Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin
    Website of the Ethnological Museum Berlin. The museum holds a number of Dogon objects collected by Frobenius in the early 20th century, but none are exhibited on its website.

  • Photographic collections: Dogon, Niger, Lobi
    Photoalbum by Huib Blom containing c. 850 photographs on West Africa, among them an excellent collection of extraordinary photographs of the Dogon people and their habitat, as well as a text with background information on the Dogon, a bibliography and links to other websites.

  • Photographic collections: Dogon
    Collection of excellent photographs of the Dogon by JosÈ Azel.

  • Photographic collections: Dogon photographing Dogon
    UNESCO website showing a collection of photographs taken by young Dogon of between 13 and 29 years of age in 1999 and 2000. The photographs show the world of the adolescents and young adults through their own eyes.

  • Dogon on film
    Programme of Regards ComparÈs Dogon, a screening and discussion of 60 films regarding the Dogon organized by the ComitÈ du Film Ethnographique in October 2000. This website includes a listing and brief synopsis of the documentaries shown.

  • Dogon ethnic identity
    Article on the construction of ethnic identity among the Dogon by ethnologist Jacky Bouju: Se dire Dogon. Usages et enjeux politiques de líidentitÈ ethnique.

  • Dogon ethnic identity
    Article on the construction of ethnic identity among the Dogon by ethnologist Anne Doquet: Se montrer Dogon. Les mises en scËne de líidentitÈ ethnique.

  • Dogon language
    Website on Dogon language by Christopher Culy (University of Iowa), including a listing of Dogon dictionaries and grammars, and numbers.

  • Dogon architecture
    UNESCO website with a brief text by Wolfgang Lauber on Dogon architecture, also containing drawings and plans of houses.

  • Dogon iron smelting
    Website giving background information and a brief synopsis on the documentary Inagina ñ The Last House of Iron by Eric Huysecom (University of Geneva) and Bernard Agustoni. The film is a unique document of one of the last traditional reductions of iron ore among the Dogon, showing the entire process of iron smelting from the invocation of the spirits and the sinking of a mine shaft, to the building of the furnace, and finally the extraction of 69kg of iron. Besides the technical process, social and magical aspects of iron smelting are addressed.

  • Dogon ìastronomyî
    Inquisitive website on the ìSirius mysteryî by Martin Clutt, offering a discussion of the validity of ethnological and popular claims as to the extent of the astronomical knowledge of the Dogon on the basis of published texts by Marcel Griaule, Germaine Dieterlen and Walter van Beek. The website also summarises other historical, as well as astronomical information on Sirius.

  • Dogon ìastronomyî
    Critical and well-referenced discussion of construction of the ìSirius mysteryî by Bernard R. Ortiz Montellano in an article entitled The Dogon Revisited.