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Last weekend we visited Dédougou for the International Mask Festival.

Despite transport problems (flat tires on the way to and from on unpaved roads), a crappy hotel (whose personnel did not seem to believe that paying guests deserved towels, soap, toilet paper, or water), the heat and sun and dust, and a lack of commentary on the performances, I'm glad we went. It was wonderful to see masks actually in use, complete with music, dancing, and body wear.

I'd seen the Dogon masks before during my time in Mali.

The Togo masks and the "ghost" masks unsettled me.

The Godzilla shrub guy was a crowd favorite.

Photos by Adam, long-suffering Seattle University intern.

More photos to come!
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