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MAFA Blacksmiths – Introduction

The setting is the isolated mountainous Mandara region of northern Cameroon. It is home to the 80,000 members of the Mafa ethnic group who live in calendric clay huts with pointed thatched roofs on paths that wind up the rocky hills bordered by intricate stone walls. They follow their ancient traditions, traditions that, until now, have not been contaminated by modern Western culture.

The myth of the blacksmith
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