This resource provides a broad range of information on the architecture of the West African Dogon people. While the Dogon have been the subject of thousands of publications, reports, and films and while their picturesque villages perched on the cliffs of the Bandiagara cliffs are one of the major tourist attractions in the Republic of Mali, Dogon architecture has received only limited coverage in paper publications. Much information has, however, over the years been collected by different individuals and institutions, but never before been made publicly available. Here material on Dogon architecture comprising more than 1500 photographs, ground plan drawings, video films, and written texts is made available.
Based on research undertaken during the preparation of a temporary exhibition on the Dogon at the Musee National, Bamako (Mali) in 2004, and at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden (Netherlands) in 2005, a Dogon Virtual Encyclopedia is developed within the NECEP societies database. The articles, photographs, videos, maps and drawings on Dogon culture included in the NECEP database provide general information for the interested public and for researchers, who can comment on all articles via the Collaborative Annotation tool. Links to other resources on the Dogon are also included. Deep links into the database of the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden (Netherlands) shows actual examples of Dogon objects in the holdings of the museum.