From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"Between 1931 and 1933 Marcel Griaule and Michel Leiris undertook the ambitious Dakar to Djibouti expedition which crossed Africa and first visited the Dogon people. From this expedition resulted L'Afrique fantôme by Michel Leiris."
The Dogon are a group of people living in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region. They number just under 800,000. The Dogon are best known for their mythology, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture. The past century has seen significant changes in the social organization, material culture and beliefs of the Dogon, partly because Dogon country is one of Mali's major tourist attractions.