The Women of Kalabougou (Mali)

  title={The Women of Kalabougou (Mali)},
  author={J. Goldner},
  journal={African Arts},
  • J. Goldner
  • Published 6 February 2007
  • Art
  • African Arts
K alabougou is a village across the Niger River from Segou, Mali. The village dates from the time of the Bamana Empire, which thrived in the region from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Th ere are four quarters in the village, each with its own distinct population: one of numu (blacksmiths), one of Somono (fi shing people), and two of Bamana farmers. Among the numu, the women (numumusow) traditionally make pottery and the men work with metal and wood. Th e potters of Kalabougou are… 
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