chapter  10
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Pandora’s Granary: Material Practices of Concealment

This chapter explores the form of containment that transpires from the material practices of storing in a Dogon granary. I use an examination of the gúyɔ ya, one of the four Dogon granary types (Chapter 9), with a focus on men’s and women’s daily uses of this female granary. Although this examination exposes local concepts of gender, I do not discuss them in depth in relation to the domestic sphere. My primary interest lies in the material practice or process of storing millet in this particular gendered object, which reveals itself to be a form of concealment that acts as a mechanism for coping with the stresses of daily life, such as food shortages.