The West African Masquerade Society with co-sponsorship from AADS will be hosting the YAMI Appreciation Hunting (AWO) Play on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 8:30 PM until 2:00 AM at the Bayview Ballroom in the Wolfe Center on the Biscayne Bay Campus of FIU. Please see below for more information.
Hunting Masquerade The Ejessa people of Yoruba Land in Nigeria formed the Hunting Society and created the Hunting Masquerade “Hunting Deble” Agun Odeh (Yoruba). Such hunting societies originated among the 19th century 'liberated Africans' rescued from slave ships by the Royal Navy and then brought to Freetown. As a result the hunting masquerade is associated with a society of hunters in Freetown or the villages of the Sierra Leone peninsula. Typically the masker wears a costume of sacking and netting that completely conceals his body and his headdress is a shapeless concoction of netting and animal pelts topped by animal horns. Down his back hang an assortment of snail shells, wooden spoons and combs, and chicken claws. As part of the hunting play the devil wears a cartridge belt around the waist and carries a wooden gun, and enacts a hunt in which he is baited by a dancer who plays the part of an animal and whom he eventually 'shoots' to great applause from the audience.