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This series of photos is from my trip to Mali at the end of December 1998.
The first picture is of the gate to the Islamic School in the city of D Jenne in the interior of Mali. D Jenne was built in the 9th century on an island in the Niger River Delta.
Every Monday is market day in D Jenne. People travel for hours and sometimes days to attend this market. After crossing the pathless sandy landscape, the vendors must wait for small pirogues to carry them across the Bani River in order to reach the market square.
Two Malian women returning from the Bani River where they washed their dishes on the day of the market in D Jenne.
Horse carts and donkey carts carry goods and people from the Bani River into the center of village where they will set up for the market in D Jenne.
The very edge of the market square in the center of D Jenne. The market is in front of the mud mosque and is 10 times as big as what is pictured in this photo.
Mopti is a lively harbor town and is one of the main tourist hubs in Mali. Mopti lies on the Niger and Bani rivers and is one of the main trade routes leading up to the Saharan Desert.
Sunset over the Bani River in Mopti.
Dogon Country at the base of the Dogon Plateau in Mali. This is a picture of the center of the chief#s compound in the village named Begnimato. The Dogon ladders leading up to the roof of the mud huts are actually tree trunks with notches carved in them for steps.
A church in the Dogon village of Djiguibombo at the top of the plateau.
Cliffside dwellings above the village of Teli which have been virtually abandoned for the more prosaic settlements down in the flats. Pictured are not only the homes of the Tellem people, but also the granaries which are still being used to store millet and other supplies as well as the burial caves which are located in the cliff high above all homes.
This is a close-up picture of the windows to one of the cliffside dwellings in the village of Teli in Dogon Country.
The village of Dourou at the edge of the Dogon plateau has three sections, one for each of the three common religions - Muslim, Christian, and Animist. This is a picture of the village people, wearing their most precious outfits, celebrating Christmas 1998. The entire village was involved in the celebrations ... young and old.