Superior mask and the most beautiful woman in Silakoro, Côte d’Ivoire (20+ pictures)

In previous posts and vlogs, I introduced the traditional masked Stilt Dance in Côte d’Ivoire.

Here I finally selected some pictures I took that day, hope they can present a better picture of the dance and the masks for you guys!

The dance has 4 parts: the first part being the grown up guys dancing; the second, the most beautiful women dancing; the third, the superior mask that above all the masks; the fourth is the stilt high mask.

Preparation

Chief and some important guys of the village.

Drummers and local women getting ready for men’s performance.

Grown up men dancing

Had to pour some water on the ground, otherwise it can get so dusty when they dance.

The most beautiful woman in the village

The Superior Mask

The superior mask represent stability. Côte d’Ivoire is famous for its mask making, in many tribes, they make their special mask. Here you can find all kinds of traditional masked dances theoughout CI.

The High Mask

The last one is also the most important one, symbol of the village and a very famous mask in CI: the High Mask on Stilt.

Masks can’t communicate directly with people, so they need a special “translator” with them to talk to people.

The dance is performed by the whole village, pretty awesome, everyone was so excited.

I recommended you to visit one of those traditional villages in West Africa, they are cool and authentic, wonderful experiences.