A continent known for its myriad of cultures and languages, arid deserts, tropical savanna, unbelievable mountains, wild flora and fauna and diamonds Africa is a dazzling though sometimes unappreciated destination.
In the south of Burkina Faso, in west Africa, near the border with Ghana lies a small, circular village of about 1.2 hectares, called Tiébélé (17,500 inhabitants). This is home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups that had settled in the territory of Burkina Faso in the 15th century. While Burkina Faso is a very poor country it is culturally rich. In Tiébélé people are decorating the walls of their buildings and that is an important part of their cultural legacy in this area of the country. Wall decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s a very ancient practice that dates from the 16 century AD.
Houses are built entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw.

The village keeps itself extremely isolated and closed to outsiders, most likely to ensure the conservation and integrity of their structures and to protect the local traditions. That doesn’t mean you cannot visit but there is negotiation involved.

In the meantime, enjoy, through pictures, seeing where locals are living.

 

Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr
Burkina Faso - Tiebele painted houses
Photo: Rita Willaert, Flickr

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