On the Niger River near Gao, Mali, 1989The mud mosque at Djenne, Mali, 1986A Tuareg woman setting up house near Tombouctou, Mali, 1986On in Niger River Near Gao, Mali, 1989
In Niafunke, Mali, after purchasing my first turban, which a Tamachek man had just taught me to wrap. 1986.Though I haven't spent all that much time in Mali (perhaps three weeks, in total), the country has been important to me. When I first tried to go there, crossing from Ouahigouya in Burkina Faso to get … Continue reading Azawad, Mali and?
The bustle of Ouahigouya had gone. Even the hurrying soldiers had disappeared. The shops, so busy so recently, were shuttered, the marché vacant. No youths peddled cigarettes on the wide, empty streets or lounged in the doorways, no women sold soap from hand-made stands in front of family compounds. No children peeped out from entranceways. … Continue reading Turning Back, Turning Point: Fiction
We left in the back of a Land Rover, me sitting next to a 55-gallon drum, extra gas (no place to fill up until Tombouctou). Unfortunately, the stopper didn't seal well, splashing me at every bump. And, once we left the paved road, the bumps were frequent.We were in the mail truck, me, my Canadian … Continue reading To Tombouctou
...followed by a little something of my own.My aunt Anne Barlow Nygren, a former dancer, and her husband Jim got this photograph sometime in the 1950s, I expect. The photograph itself is unsigned, but it is glued to a sheet of paper on which Edward Weston signed his name. One the back are the words … Continue reading A Treat from Edward Weston…
As I prepare for classes and have little time for writing at present, I thought I would share a few snapshots of West Africa. The first was taken in April, 2007 in St. Louis, Senegal. The second in Boumbouka, Togo, probably in 1990. The third in Djibo, Burkina Faso in November, 1985. The fourth in … Continue reading Pictures of West Africa
The first Tuaregs I saw were shadowy figures in long robes, sometimes wearing turbans, trying to sell cheap, blunt swords and knives sheathed in leather, cassette cases and other boxes, also leather covered, and jewelry made in imitation of what I would later find to be desert finery. Most of the bars I frequented in … Continue reading Tuaregs