August 7th, 2011
In the Eastern region of Mali is one of the most mystical ethnic groups worldwide; the historically smaller-sized Dogon people live in the sandstone cliffs in the Eastern plateau of central Mali, from the Badiangara Escarpment east towards the...
March 21st, 2011
In an effort to make some petty funds for a return to Mali, I am currently working to help with marketing and branding for my parents, who handcraft high quality furniture and pottery. My parents are not business people. They have had to...
Sophie was a Theatre Arts concentrator, 2009. Currently observing performing arts and non-textual theatre in Bamako, Mali – especially in youth culture – and working with local artists to promote their work. Helping with the development of a cross-cultural arts center, with Brown Mande Dance teacher Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, in Doumanzana (www.yeredonmali.org).
But most of all, getting mixed up and buried deep and confusingly comfortable in a Malian world – and reflecting on the cultural intricacies of embracing difference. This is no anthropological study; what does it mean for me to be here, living, breathing, taking, giving? And for these people to be doing so with me? Beckoned to a universe not my own?