Friday, October 1, 2010


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The people who live in West African cocoa-growing villages are warm, welcoming, and full of joie de vivre. These are a few pictures of faces I have collected over the years in the village of Depa, located about 5 km away from Issia, right on the road to Gagnoa.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Boys have caught the rooster for our lunch. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.

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Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006

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Cote d'Ivoire, 2006

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Some villages put on a mask dance for visitors. Depa, being the chef-lieu of 140 villages, has a committee of men a sort of secret society, that preserves the Mask Dance, which has been passed down the centuries. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006

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Proud owner of a mask. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007.

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Mark Phillips and a friend. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire. 2007.

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Father of the Chief. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire. 2007

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Wife of the Chief. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire. 2007.

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Mark Phillips, a terrific dancer, shows his prowess with leg extensions. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007.

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Chief of Depa talking to Tom. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

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The Mask Approaches. Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.

Movie of the Mask Dance. Depa, 2006.

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