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Diario Dogón

Iñigo Salaberria


Diaro Dogón is a documentary about the link between Dogón culture and the use of words. Everyday life, traditions, commerce and work are analysed in their relationship to language, that is, in terms of their meaning as knowledge. For a culture with no written history, the oral tradition and its transmission is of vital importance.


The documentary starts with a voice-over narrating the death of one of the village residents the day before. The first images that we see of Ireli are of a cliff: some men are pulling the body of the deceased up with ropes, in order to lay it inside the caves. These houses belong to the Tellems, their former dwellers.


Following the image of the burial we discover how important the elders are in this culture. They are the depositaries of tradition and knowledge. Diaro Dogón examines the relationship that all of the exponents of a culture struggling against the loss of its values, hold with language. Commerce is understood as an exchange of words. Weaving is also considered in linguistic terms, as well as the ritual of sacrifice, which is understood as the transmission of purifying energy from one group to another.


Diaro Dogón offers us a glimpse at ancestral cultures, their villages and architecture, at traditions that have survived under the permanent threat of a quickly approaching disappearance.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Diario Dogón
  • Direction: Iñigo Salaberria
  • Production: Molinare S.A. Madrid. C.I.N.T. Vitoria-Gasteiz. 1994.
  • Duration: 00:16:10
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright