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BANDIAGARA ESCARPMENT CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

BANDIAGARA ESCARPMENT CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Dogon Country, Mali
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BACKGROUND

The dramatic 95-mile long Bandiagara Escarpment in Mali, West Africa, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century B.C. Its current inhabitants are the Dogon people, who arrived in the area during the 15th century. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The area is vast, comprising over 290 villages. Cultural tourism was recognized as one possible source of income for the people of the region, but unless properly managed, tourism brings its own set of problems. In 2005, WMF provided a grant to the Mission Culturelle de Bandiagara for the development of a management plan.

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WHY IT MATTERS

Arou Temple has particular significance for the people of the Dogon region, and is a unique and ancient example of traditional religious architecture. In this respect, the structure is a very important piece of built heritage.

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Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
Wallpaper: Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
Wallpaper: Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
Wallpaper: Bandiagara Escarpment Cultural Landscape
VIDEOS
World Monuments FundThe Cloudcatcher’s Sadness
March, 2014

This video chronicles the three-day celebration held in October 2011 to introduce the new hogon, or high priest, of the Arou tribe. The event followed the completion of WMF-supported restoration work on Arou temple, a mud-brick structure that had been unused and deteriorating since the last hogon died in 1997. Arou is one of some 200 Dogon villages along the Bandiagara Escarpment in southern Mali. The escarpment was included on the 2004 World Monuments Watch to draw attention to the challenges, including emigration, facing this unique cultural landscape. Following Watch-listing, a tourism management plan was developed. A few years later, WMF partnered with the Mission Culturelle de Bandiagara and CRATerre-Ensag on the restoration of Arou temple