Photographs of art of Burkina Faso

A Ouagadougou style mask from the southwest part of Mossi country at a funeral in 1976.  The carved mask itself represents a hawk, but you can see it is very small compared to the heavy black hempen costume.
A Ouagadougou style mask from the southwest part of Mossi country at a funeral in 1976. The carved mask itself represents a hawk, but you can see it is very small compared to the heavy black hempen costume.
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A young visitor purchases a dwarf mask from Yacouba Bonde, the cultural chief of the village, 2007.
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Newly carved masks offered for sale in the gallery of Yacouba Bonde. his gallery and workshop are just a few meters from the main highway between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, 2007.
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The sacred protective figure of the Bwa village of Boni. The spirit figure embodies is called Mwiha, 2006.
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Three plank masks, called nwantantay, in Boni, 2007
Two leaf masks profile
Two leaf masks in the Bwa village of Boni in 2006,

I have been studying and living in Burkina Faso for 45 years. I enjoy the culture and people of the country enormously, and I have devoted my career to documenting the rich culture of the many peoples of this small, landlocked country.  There has been enormous change in the country in the past 50 years. My wife Nora and I first visited the country was still essentially a colony of France. Today it is a much more vibrant and interesting country, still with strong contacts with France, but also connected to the wider world.  One of the important characteristics of the country is that it is not dominated either by Islam nor Christianity, and as a result much of the ancient culture continues to thrive. This is reflected in the fact that it is still possible to visit many many rule villages where the enormous creativity of the peoples of Burkina Faso is very easy to see and to experience.