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The Tribal Eye: Behind the Mask

The Tribal Eye is a seven-part documentary series by BBC that was originally released in 1975. Presented by Sir David Attenborough, this series takes us into a journey through the intricacies of the world of tribal art. We get to travel to new and interesting places and discover different tribal communities. This series gets to examine an array of different and colorful things; from complicated weavings and sculptures to metal casting. We get to witness and discover the different tribal societies from all around the world and their unique artistic activities.

In “Behind the Mask”, we are taken further into the unknown civilization focusing primarily on the customs and way of life of Mali’s Dogon people. Aside from their culture, this episode focuses on their unique and symbolic masks. Each mask has a ritual, and Sir Attenborough takes us through the different rituals for the different masks. We also get to delve into the details of the Dogon funeral rights and the intricacy of the rituals and ceremonies involved.

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