Masks are a well known feature of African culture. They’re used in many circumstances and in psychological terms represent the persona of the wearer. As such they’re a language on their own, communicating to the viewer what is being said.
In Uganda a young man, called Bright Niwagaba, explained the meanings behind some of the masks he was selling. He said they were made and worn by Pygmies, Africa’s forest dwelling hunter-gatherers, and represent everyday political and social events as well conquest and subjugation by other tribes.
Here are some of his stories.