Hand Carved Wood Dogon Style Door Wall Art, "Dogon Luck"
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The Dogon peoples of Mali are well known for their creation of doors, which can have several purposes. In addition to its practical use as a closure for a granary, such a door might also be given as an important gift, or placed outside a dwelling to indicate the status or occupation of the residents. Ghana's Samuel Okyere crafts this interpretation of a Dogon door from sese wood, giving it an aged finish with the use of local clay. The lizard motif would represent luck.
Samuel, a true veteran of his craft, started carving in 1966. He is always sharing his talents by teaching his traditional techniques to anyone, including the younger generation and even tourists.
Samuel pays currently for the education of four children. Two are his children and two are not from his own family. Samuel is a gracious person with a big heart, which can be seen through his desire to help and enabling education for those outside of his family.
Samuel Okyere has received 6 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $300 and the most recent for $400. Proceeds were used to buy raw materials for his masks and hire assistants.
Samuel supports four children. Two of them are not related to him, but he would still like to help and support them.