The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, in Western Africa, near the city of Bandiagara, in the Mopti region. The population numbers between 400.000 and 800.000 people.

They are believed to be of Egyptian decent and their astronomical lore goes back thousands of years to 3200 BC. The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture.