The masks honor Chi Wara, a
mythical creature who taught the
Bambara to grow grain. When
crops are hoed, dancers wearing
antelope headdresses leap &
bound over the fields accompanied
by drummers, in order to obtain an
abundant harvest. The larger mask
represents a buck, the smaller, a
female with her baby. The horn is
a symbol of the millet's growth.
They are always worn in pairs to
symbolize the idea of fertility, for
fertile crop growth.