great old african mask carving film

Vintage David Attenborough showing how the Dogon people in Mali approach wood carving from part one the seven-part series “The Tribal Eye”. (1975)
The felling of the limb is impressive as is the finish straight from the elbow adzes and the strong bold design. Stick with it to 8 1/2 minutes in and Attenborough’s comments on art object vs living object are interesting.

One Response to great old african mask carving film

  1. Lewis Ward September 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Excellent video on the culture aspects of mask making. I would not want to harvest wood that way. The use of the elbow adze is demonstrated. Thank you Robin.