Stephanie Hollyman and Walter E. A. van Beek

The Dogon people of Mali in West Africa are noted for their colorful masked dances and ceremonies, distinctive adobe architecture, and a tightly knit social structure with intensely supportive group behavior. In contrast with many African peoples, the Dogon have maintained these age-old traditions, even while adapting to life in a modern world. Stephanie Hollyman's intimate images of the Dogon people portray an age-old way of life, one that is closely connected with the land and intensely spiritual. Walter van Beek's narrative covers the language and social graces of the Dogon, their family structure and age-grade hierarchies, and conveys a real sense of the personalities and character of this distinctive people.