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Africa | Kanaga masqueraders, from the Dogon people, during the Dama ceremony, near Sanga, Mali | ©Eliot Elisofon. 1970 | ”The kanaga mask is part of a costume traditionally worn only for the dances of the Dama funerary ceremonies,and accompanied by drum rhythms which generate specific dances. Only initiated, circumcised members of the all-male Awa secret society dance the kanaga.” [Harris M., 1989: Visual tropes: The Kanaga Mask of the Dogon people of West Africa, Yale University].

The Tsaatan’s daily life is perhaps best described as bordering on subsistence living, meaning they survive only by virtue of man’s basic needs: air, water, food, clothing and shelter.