Friday, March 1, 2013

Animal Kingdom Artifact: Ladder From Burkina Faso

   While mining the depths of previous Animal Kingdom Artifact posts, I was stunned to realize that I'd never actually used this one.
    The Lobi people are an ethnic group primarily in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country near Africa's west coast. Woodworking is part of this clans livelihood, in fact the word Lobi could be broken down into "children of the forest." The traditional Lobi home is made out of earth, with an entrance on top. The family uses a tree branch, notched with steps to enter their home.
   Used throughout the resort, at both Jambo House and Kidani Village, these simple ladders fill many weird corners/spaces.  They help make the resort feel cozy by filling in where no other "artifact" seems possible.  Though there are at least a dozen scattered throughout, this one has always been my favorite. Located on the lower level of Jambo House, in the wonderful seating area before walking out to the Arusha Rock Overlook.  Something about the symmetry of this seating arrangement is very pleasing...


  1. I think it is amazing how something so simple and decorative is actually culturally huge! It doesn't seem to steal any attention. I love how Disney will take something and put it somewhere subtle, and it is far from subtle. Great Job Guys!

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