Category Archives: Mali

On the Edge of the Sahara

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Mali 2005 We stopped at a small village on the edge of the Sahara. Most likely we needed water. The villagers came out to stare at us as we stared at them. This woman wore a nose ring and I wanted her … Continue reading

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Women of Mopti

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Mopti, Mali 1998 Women wash clothing in the Niger River.  I love their posture. Graceful. Although we who are used to washing machines would not like doing this chore, it didn’t bother these women who were laughing and gossiping as … Continue reading

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Araouane

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Araouane, Mali 2005 Araouane, about half-way between Timbuktu and the salt mines of Taodenni,  was a destination for camel caravans since caravans began crossing the Sahara Desert. Araouane has seven wells and the wells were the lifeblood of Araouane’s economy. The wells … Continue reading

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Market at Djenne

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Djenne, Mali 1998 The women did not want to have their photo taken. They’d warn each other if they saw a lens pointed in their direction. I don’t remember giving anyone money after grabbing a photo. So maybe they don’t … Continue reading

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Dogon Woman

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Mali, West Africa 2003 A Dogon woman passes by our group. She turns her head slightly to get a glimpse of the “toubabs” or white people. It never ceased to amaze me at how fashionable these woman appeared despite doing manual … Continue reading

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A Rest in Taodenni

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Taodenni, Mali 2005 Touareg men pass the time at the salt mines of Taodenni. They have come north from Tombouctou with their camels laden with fodder and millet. They will trade millet and/or buy salt from the miners and then travel … Continue reading

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Mali: Salt Caravan

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Mali: Somewhere between Taodenni and Timbuktu 2005 Men load salt slabs on several hundred camels each dawn and unload them when the caravan stops for the night which may be at 2 or 3 a.m. They repeat these chores each day for … Continue reading

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Architecture of Djenne

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Djenne, Mali 2001 I wonder if anyone goes to Djenne nowadays what with Boko Haram and all. We were lucky to go back in the day. I didn’t go with a photo tour so I had to get my shots on the run. Above … Continue reading

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Fulani or Peul?

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On the Border Between Mali and Mauritania 2005 We stopped in a market town where the Fulani or Peul (the French call this tribe Peul) women wore these coin headdresses. This woman has a tattoo on her chin in addition … Continue reading

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Abu-Simbal

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Egypt 1998 Four statues of Ramses II once faced Nubia on Egypt’s southern border. The temple was dedicated to the god Amon-Re who might be called the Egyptian version of Zeus. Inside the temple are several halls filled with huge statues … Continue reading

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