The Dogon are an agrarian people of about 600,000 who live in the west African country of Mali and Burkina Faso. The Dogon are among the most famous iron workers in Africa. In earlier times, Dogon craftsmen had perfected methods of refining iron ore into steel, and Dogon blacksmiths were renowned for their skillfully made tools and weapons. Much of the ore refinement operations are gone now from Dogon society, the artisans relying instead on scrap steel salvaged from junk cars and railroads.
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