This video shows clay mine in Kalabougou, a village across the Niger River from Segou, Mali. The village dates from the time of the Bamana Empire which thrived in the region from the 17th –19th centuries. The women potters of kalabougou are renowned for their work and are major suppliers of pottery to the capital city, Bamako, 150 miles away as well as to Segou.
In 1994, Janet received a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Mali. As part of her research, she lived Kalabougou for several months in early 1995. Because her interest was in working with women who make things, she spent time getting to know the potters and their way of life, documenting it in video and still images.
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