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In the W African state of Mali cultures such as the Bozo, Dogon and Bamako have traditionally recognized shifting territorial borders. Land use by farmers, herders and hunter-gatherers was related to indigenous ideas of where tribal boundaries were located, as well as to weather and changing climate. Religion, ethnicity and language also played a central role in how people associated and understood their use and access to land and water. Not least, magic was an influential sense making system for Africans. The imposition of strict international boundaries by colonial powers like Britain and France in the 19th century resulted in a conflict between "modern" and traditional views of the possession, use and administration of land and water. Since much of what Africans thought about these matters was passed down the generations by oral cultures, there is no reliable written record of what they thought or what it meant to them. In this camp we excavate a site at the southern end of the Bandiagara escarpment in SW Mali where spectacular material evidence of what may be termed an African point of view has been found. Campers will be required to employ an array of challenging sense making systems to understand what was going on at this site (near Djenne in modern Mali) with reference to concepts used in history, culture, geography and (of course!) archaeology. A good time learning will be had by all. 

General Information
  • Campers should arrive dressed for the weather, with appropriate footwear and a cap or hat.
  • Sunblock and kid-friendly bug dope may also be needed.
  • All campers should pack a hearty lunch, labeled drink and a snack.
  • Space is limited; please sign up early if you wish to have your children attend.
  • Head Instructor: Geoffrey Purcell
  • Bus Transportation: NOT AVAILABLE
  • Aftercare: M-Th only, $30 until 5:15 pm. No early care available, drop off from 8:30 am. Contact the instructor, geofpurcell@gmail.com.


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