Tellem burial caves in the Bandiagara cliffs in central Mali. The Tellem hunter-gatherers were driven out by the Dogons, who took over the caves 700 years ago.

The natural grottoes have been used as burial chambers for more than a thousand years.

A funeral dance in the village of Sanga.

The village of Amani, at the base of the cliffs.

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