Anthropologist : Jean Paul Colleyn (EHESS)
Field assistant : Mengoro Sanogo, Adaman Coulibaly
The Dogon supposedly took refuge to the Bandiagara cliffs probably from the XIth century onwards, to escape Islamisation and war.
Marcel Griaule and his followers started research in the area in 1931. They revealed a mythology of such complexity that the Dogon became a symbol of African wisdom.
The Dogon offer the Western public a romantic image of a people far removed from the turmoil of history, clinging to their cliffs and entirely devoted to metaphysical speculation.