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A volcanic plug mountain near Boundiali
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Its population, the Boundialikas, is composed mainly of ethnic groups shared across the borders of Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso, as well as some Fulas. Boundiali is a centre for Senoufo people and is known for crafts. The inhabitants are chiefly farmers and stockbreeders as well as tradesmen or civil servants.
The economy of the town of Boundiali is largely based on the cotton industry, introduced by the French during the colonial period, and primarily intended for export. Corn, groundnut, millet, manioc, banana, mangoes, yam, and rice are also cultivated, mainly for local consumption.
The town has a hospital, a modern college and two factories for cotton processing, its principal industry, to the point of being called "white gold".
The area is savanna region, with tropical to subtropical vegetation. The climate is very hot and dry (Sudanese climate). In December and January, Harmattan, a powerful wind, blows in from the Sahara, lowering the temperature considerably.
The neighbouring villages, are home to artisans who manufacture statues of human or animal figures as well as wood-carved doors and sénoufo chairs.
Places of interest
- Hippopotamuses in the River Bagoué.
- The neighbouring forests are home to panthers which are sometimes killed by villagers, although hunting is prohibited in the territory.
- Niofoin, the typical Sénoufo village, is located towards Korhogo. It is here that Jean-Jacques Annaud made his first film, La Victoire, 1975 (with Jean Carmet).
- North of the city, towards Tingréla, the villages of Kouto, Gbon and Kolia are located, which are populated by weavers and blacksmiths.
- The village of Tiémé, in direction of Odienné, sheltered René Caillié at the time of his voyage from Conakry to Timbuktoo, where he was cured of scurvy by the attentive care of the villagers.
- Fula camps in the savanna outside the city.
- Muriel Diallo, author of children's stories was born here in 1967.
- Writer Ahmadou Kourouma was born in Boundiali.
- "Côte d'Ivoire". geohive.com. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Mountains" ("montagnes") is the term used by the local population.
- The Boundiali region has been the subject of a thesis of the Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand: Le Volcanisme du sillon de Boundiali, phénomène principal du Protérozoïque inférieur de cette région N.NW de la Côte d'Ivoire.
- River Blindness Documentary "37 Million and Counting" by Aaron Edell,
- Murial Diallo, Art.uwa.edu, Retrieved 23 February 2016
- Les charrues de la Bagoue - Gestion paysanne d'une opération cotonnière en Côte d'ivoire, by Jacqueline Peltre-Wurtz, published in 1999 (Editor: IRD)
- Histoire des Fohobele de Cote d'ivoire - Une Population Sénoufo inconnue, by Tiona Ferdinand Ouattara, published in 1999 in Editions Karthala.
- Le volcanisme du sillon de Boundiali, phénomène principal du proterozoique inférieur de cette région N.NW de la Cote d'Ivoire, thesis by the Université Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand.
- Étude Pédologique De La Région De Boundiali-Korhogo - Méthodologie et typologie détaillée, morphologie et caractères analytiques, by Alain-Gérard Beaudou, published by Editions de l'ORSTOM.
- Les Sénoufos (Y compris les Miniankas), by B. Holas, published in 1957 by Presses Universitaires de France.