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Dogon peoples, Mali
Dogon peoples, Mali
20th century
Wood, iron
Gift of Harry and Freda Schaeffer, 70.10.19, 23, 21
Blacksmiths are the sole creators of both wooden and iron sculptural works in Dogon society because they receive specialized training in manipulating the raw resources of the earth. This highly guarded knowledge is passed down from father to son. Because this information includes religious wisdom and historical data of essential importance to the entire community, many blacksmiths are also historians and arbitrators in political discussions.