Masks by the Nunuma people from the village of Tissé, 1985

These were among my favorite characters. Every time a Bush pig or a hyena mask crossed the Plaza to sit down, all of the other masks would get up and leave because these characters are so dirty and offensive.
A bush pig, bush buffalo, and antelope await their turn to perform.
A monkey mask represents the trickster. Often these are the most sacred masks in each community.
Here you can see young boys gathering up all the cowrie shells that spectators have offered to the mask. The cowrie shells are a form of payment and praise in honor of the spirit represented by the mask.
A plank mask performs to the music of the chief drummer, who is playing a very long membranophone.