The first day of the trek through the Dogon country, having fallen from Mopti by the Bandiagara cliffs, we reached the village of Banani. It's a tiny village, typical of Dogon country, with dry mud houses, which are re-building each year, with more mud, as rains almost destroyed. The houses are very small, the whole family lives in one room. There are other small buildings that seem to house, they are not, are barns. That saves the small crop of people, hopefully now get extra income with tourism. Perhaps you and your guide planned to eat because the people can't take food from visitors, though there isn't enough pay for them.