MASSAI LION HUNTERS
Men who have to go out and prove their warrior hood by killing a lion.
Wearing Oro Efe masks they dance to remind themselves to honor the mother deity and their female elders.
FEMALE: KASENA WOMAN
MALE: BATAKARI WARRIOR
from NORTHERN GHANA
The women collect grain and food stuff for drying and preparing.The men who are warriors in woven shirts covered in leather talismans which contain verses from the Koran believe they cannot be harmed because of their talismans.
MASSAI RED DANCERS
They adorn themselves to dance in celebration of the warriors who have achieved a lion kill.
BERBER FESTIVAL DANCERS
This festival is a riot of colour and movement.
THE DAMA SPIRIT DANCERS
They dance to engage the spirits of their ancestors to protect and guide them in their mortal lives.
FEMALE: HAUSA DANCER
MALE: NOBLEMAN OF THE EMIR’S COURT
The dancers clear a path for the Emir and his noblemen.They dance and spin to purposely catch the air in their pants filling them like balloons.
SHAI WOMANHOOD CEREMONY from GHANA
Females adorn their bodies in beads and handmade cane headdress which take up to 6 months to make.The girls have been tutored by their mothers and elder women in the art of seduction.
Both males and females exquisitely adorn themselves to be more appealing and seductive to each other and improve their chances of being selected as a mate.
Their suits are made of a patch work of varied animal skins and a chest piece of leaves, a beard of natural grass and a headdress of bird plumage. This is all intended so that they blend in with the habitat in which they hunt. A custom practiced to present day.
The women make deliberate shows of their wealth and financial independence with gold & silver jewelry.The herdsmen wear a pouch around their neck in which they keep Koranic verses or magical substances to protect them and their herds.
ELEPHANT MASK DANCERS
They perform at the ceremonies of the Supreme Chief of their Kingdom.This custom has been in existence since the early 1900’s.
HIMBA BRIDE & GROOM
The bride attired in goat hide, leather and a headdress of dried pods beautifies her body in ocher coloured paint awaiting the wedding festivities.The groom also totally smeared in ocher coloured paint conceals his jewelry and talisman belt with black charcoal.
GOLI MASK DANCERS
from THE IVORY COAST
These masqueraders appear at times of danger as intercessors with supernatural forces that can have a positive influence on human affairs.
RASHAIDA BRIDE & GROOM
from THE SUDAN
Both Males and Females clad in costumes of cloth and reed sit on a bench and perform a dance consisting of only arm and head movements on ceremonial occasions.
from SOUTH AFRICA
Zulus are the largest African ethnic group.Their warrior skills are renowned throughout the world. The most recognized of their leaders through history is SHAKA ZULU.
“AFRICA, HER PEOPLE, HER GLORY, HER TEARS”
The outer part of this costume contains inscriptions of “Africa, Her people, Her glory”.
At presentation the costume evolves to reveal an underside which reflects “Her tears”.
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• Contact Information:
Mas Camp: 49 Rosalino Street, Woodbrook
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm
Phone numbers: 628-4168 or 628-1274