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Tièbèlè, the painting village, of the people Gourounsi by Anthony Pappone

In the south of Burkina Faso,there is a village near the border with Ghana, is a small size, called Tiébélé. This is the home of the Kassena people, one of the oldest ethnic groups who settled in the territory of Burkina Faso.
i photographed the life the people and architecture of the houses  richly decorated mud walls. 
The Kassena people build their houses entirely of local materials: earth, wood and straw. Soil mixed with straw and cow dung is moistened to a state of perfect plasticity, to shape almost vertical surfaces. 
Tiébélé’s houses are built with defense in mind, whether that be against the climate or potential enemies. the homes are designed without windows except for a small opening or two to let just enough light in to see, Roofs are protected with wood ladders that are easily retracted.  the walls of the houses are decorated and hand painted by the women of the village done just before the rainy season and protects the outside walls from the rain.  varnishing with néré all make the designs withstand wet weather, enabling the structures to last longer.

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Nothing more than a collection of pictures taken while enjoying traditional Gourounsi architecture in the village of Tiébélé near the Ghanaian border. While an enjoyable experience overall, hitchhiking with a chain-smoking truck driver on unpaved “roads” is best avoided. 

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Then again, good luck finding another way of getting there.

Update: I’ve gotten questions about the forked wooden things and what they’re for. They’re both ladders to reach the house’s roof and an excellent way to break your neck.