Sunday, April 29, 2012

Burkina Faso: Tiébélé




Here are the rest of our pictures from our trip to Burkina Faso. In addition to visiting an animal park, we visited the palace at Tiébélé, where there is a royal compound from the 1600´s. Our guide spoke to us in French and somehow we actually understood a lot. He was great, making sure to speak clearly and slowly and saying things in several different ways to be sure. And I´m glad, because this place was fascinating. 

We were allowed to take pictures freely, although there were a few trees and a tomb we were not supposed to photograph. The guide explained to us that many members of the royal family had been buried inside the compound, making the entire area sacred ground. There was also an area where placentas were buried, connecting the current residents of the compound to their ancestors and to the house. The style of the houses was built defensively against attackers. The doors are low and you have to crawl into the houses. Behind each door there is a low wall, behind which someone could hide and shoot arrows out the door. The village had been under attack hundreds of years ago by invaders from Nigeria.






We were allowed to enter one house. It was dark and cool - while outside it was very bright and hot! We were on the outer edges of the Sahara desert.










The compound is still occupied by the descendants of the royal family.









 

We ate lunch at a guest house that had been built in the same style as the royal compound and with interesting metal sculptures in the courtyard.

Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou




We spent several days in Ouagadougou, the capital, so I could attend my conference. We went to an amazing restaurant called Gondwana, which serves cuisine from all over North Africa.




 

 We visited the central market to look for souvenirs. 



Here´s Tyree sporting his new shirt, trying to read the menu in French.


March 8th is International Women´s Day. I bought some material to commemorate the day and our trip to Burkina.


Burkina Faso: Nagnimi Village


 As part of our tour, we visited the village of Nagnimi. We visited this mosque, which we were told had been built in the 1600´s. We were allowed to go inside and, even though people in the village probably see the mosque everyday, many of them came and walked around with us. They wanted to be in our photos too.


 




Some girls from the village came and walked through the mosque with us. 


We stopped and bought some pottery along the highway.