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Dogon artist, Mali (Africa)
Kile Wood (Prosopis africana)
Gift of Bobbi and Tim Hamill in honor of current FAM Director Nick Capasso, 2016. 54
A Toguna (literally ‘mother shelter’)—the meeting place for elders—stands at the center of every Dogon village. It is intentionally low and open so that men must remain seated and calm during discussions. It is supported by 8 posts and thatched with 8 tiers of millet stalks, referring to the 8 mythical ancestors of the Dogon. The breasts on the posts refer to fertility, and thus the future of the Dogon people.