This headdress represents a divine being called Chi Wara (sometimes spelled Tyi Wara) who was the first farmer, and taught the Bamana people how to farm. A supernatural being from the wilderness, Chi Wara is part antelope and part anteater. Both Bamana boys and girls go through several levels of initiation to learn how to be good community members and future spouses and parents. One level of education includes the mastery of agricultural skills, as well as the cooperation needed between men and women to plant, tend, and harvest fields according to spiritual laws. The Chi Wara always dance in male-female pairs.
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- Titles Antelope Headdress (Chi Wara) (Descriptive)
- Artist Bamana people, Mali
- Medium wood, metal, string
- Dimensions 11 3/4 × 22 1/2 × 2 1/2 in. (29.8 × 57.2 × 6.4 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by Harold and Regina Simon and Jay Jacobs, by exchange, 1987.26
- Work Type headdress
- Classification Costume
- On View