Tauxier, Louis. Le Noir du Yatenga. Paris, Larose: 1917
1 "Le lieu"
Chapter 2 "La race et son histoire"
Chapter 3 "Le travail"
Chapter 4 "La famille"
Chapter 5 "Le mode d'existence"
Chapter 6 "Relations interfamiliales et Structure Sociale"
Chapter 7 "Les pouvoirs publics"
Chapter 8 "La religion"
Chapter 9 "Les Cultures intellectuelles"
Chapter 10 "Les Foulses"
Chapter 11 "Les Yarses"
Chapter 12 "Les Samos"
Chapter 13 "Les Silmi-Mossis"
Chapter 14 "Les Peuls"
Le Noir du Yatenga is one of the best colonial-period ethnographies ever
written. It was published in 1917 based on research Tauxier carried out as a
colonial anthropologist from 1912-13 in West Africa. It is detailed, thorough,
clearly written, fairly objective (for the period) and still helpful and informative
for understanding this very important West African people. Mind you, it was
written by a French colonial officer before WW I, when l'Afrique Occidentale
Française was deep in the clutches of the French colonial Empire,
and there are some racist bits, but it is generally very accurate, even ninety
years later. In addition, it is one of the rarest books on African peoples ever
published. There is only one copy in North America, and as far as I know, none
at all in Burkina Faso.