Banani Village 1 - Dogon Country - Mali

Two of the village elders, relaxing in the coolness of the stone and wood Togu-na ...

which has a thick layer of rice straw thatch to insulate against the outside 50+ degree heat.

A closer view of the Togu-na showing the wall decorations and an ancient wood carving

The Dogon houses and granaries in Banani

Looking up to the cliffs, with the Tellem houses perched on ridges, halfway up.
A close up view is on the following page

Similarly insulated animal shelters at the base of the cliff, with small rounded structures above them, used for keeping bees which provided the villagers with honey.

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