Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Postcard from Mali showing a traditional Dogon village in the Bandiagara Escarpment. The Dogon are an animistic people who refused to convert to Islam when other peoples in West Africa did so. Consequently, they were persecuted and targeted by slave raiders. In response, the Dogon began building their communities into the sides of the easily defensible escarpment and were able to preserve the many unique aspects of their culture. Part of the Cliff of Bandiagara (Land of the Dogons) World Heritage site.

Many thanks to Katie, who was on holiday in Mali.

Stamp on left features a sanctuary door from the Senufo people in southern Mali held at the National Museum of Mali. Stamp on the left features a Fula woman. The Fulani are traditionally a nomadic, pastoralist, trading people, herding cattle, goats and sheep across the vast dry hinterlands of Sahelian Africa, with a substantial population in Mali.


  1. wow.. nice!

    i hope to get a stamped postcard from Mali too :)

  2. With Mali's current troubles, it might be a while before getting a Malian postcard becomes easy again. -- Timbuktu used to be a well-established on the tourist circuit and see a fair amount of visitors. Hopefully the situation returns to normal quickly.