West of Odienné is the Deng Kele Massif. The town of Odienné was founded by Malinké people under Vakaba Tourié (who is buried in the town). Later, Samory Touré founded a support base in the town. Features of Odienné include a large mosque and nearby gold mines. The Deng Kele ("only child" in Djoula, the local version of Malinke) Massif is a solitary granite mountain, 600 metres above sea level, about 15 kilometres to the west of, and visible from, Odienné.