The Hunting is normally costumed in recycled jute sacks embellished with cowries and wears a headdress made of horn or embalmed or carved heads of wild animals like Lions, tigers, antelopes, bears, Hyenas and more. It also carries a backpack decorated with calabash, cowries, snail shells, rare animal skins, palm fronds and nets.
During the parade, the masquerade dances in the front led by a guide, another person stays by the Hunting with a calabash containing palm oil alongside a broom used to sprinkle the palm oil on the backpack. This person also chants some incantations to calm the Hunting down whenever it is overreacting.
THE SIGNIFICANCE AND ASSOCIATED CEREMONIES OF THE HUNTING MASQUERADE
In the Gambia, the Hunting exhibition regularly occurs on Christmas days, Easter or other Christian holidays. Sometimes the Hunting can perform at the wedding of brothers of the Society or close family. Funerals of deceased members or other events relate to Hunters calenders. In the olden day’s Hunters were taught the art of herbal cure. Today, in addition to hunting expeditions, the Hunting society does cultural performance purely for entertainment.