The Masons Of Djenné by Trevor H. J. MarchandThe Masons Of Djenné by Trevor H. J. Marchand

The Masons Of Djenné

byTrevor H. J. Marchand

Paperback | June 8, 2009

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The town of Djenné on the Bani River in Mali has been a thriving settlement for more than two millennia. Renowned for its mud-brick architecture, monumental mosque, and merchant-traders' houses, Djenné remains one of Africa's most distinctive cities. The Masons of Djenné follows Trevor Marchand after he signs on as a builder's apprentice. Marchand takes readers on his journey from raw laborer to skilled craftsman. He explores the professional associations of masons, their social networks, training regimes, and changing fortunes. With his fellow builders, he produces mud bricks and plasters, constructs walls and ceilings, and sculpts rooftop crenellations using specialized tools. Marchand describes the raising of a mud-brick house and explores the technical, social, and magical processes involved in making buildings and renewing the unique urban environment of Djenné.

Trevor H. J. Marchand is Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is author of Minaret Building and Apprenticeship in Yemen.
Title:The Masons Of DjennéFormat:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.93 inPublished:June 8, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253220726

ISBN - 13:9780253220721

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Table of Contents

A Note on Language

Introduction: The Field and the Work

Part 1. Elementary Lessons in the Art of Building
1. Back to Work
2. Staking a Claim
3. Magic and Mortar
4. Conflict and Resolution
Part 2. Portraits of Life and Work in Djenné
5. Master and Apprentice
6. The Michelangelo of Djenné
7. Vulnerable Craftsmen
8. Cat Heads and Mud Miters
9. Yappi's Confession
10. Finishing Off

Epilogue: Continuity and Change


Editorial Reviews

"An elegantly written and important anthropological study of indigenous knowledge, building practices, and social relationships among contemporary Djenné masons in Mali." -Mary Jo Arnoldi, Smithsonian Institution