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In he returned to university, where he attended the lectures of Marcel Mauss and Marcel Cohen. Intrigued by anthropology, he gave up plans for a technical career. Between and Griaule participated in two large-scale ethnographic expeditions—one to Ethiopia and the ambitious Dakar to Djibouti expedition which crossed Africa.
On the latter expedition he first visited the Dogon , the ethnic group with whom he would be forever associated. Throughout the s Griaule and his student Germaine Dieterlen undertook several group expeditions to the Dogon area in Mali.
During these trips Griaule pioneered the use of aerial photography, surveying, and teamwork to study other cultures.
In he produced his dissertation and received a doctorate based on his Dogon research. With the outbreak of World War II Griaule was drafted again in the French Air Force and after the war he served as the inaugural professor of the first chair of anthropology at the University of Paris - Sorbonne. He died in in Paris. Griaule is remembered for his work with the blind hunter Ogotemmeli and his elaborate exegeses of Dogon myth fr — including the Nommo and ritual. A number of anthropologists are highly critical of his work and argue that his claims about Sirius and his elaborate accounts of cosmic eggs and mystic vibrations do not accurately reflect Dogon belief.
Lippincott, The story of an expedition into the interior of Abyssinia in the early s; a time when Abyssinia was trying to fight off Mussolini. The book was awarded the Prix Gringoire. Abyssinian Journey. Travel account of an ethnographic and linguistic study on behalf of the French Government in the s.
Folk art of black Africa,
Conversations with Ogotemmêli : an introduction to Dogon religious ideas
Conversations with Ogotemmêli: An Introduction to Dogon Religious Ideas
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