Wooden fishes handmade in Segou ; they are used as puppets in the water ritual by the Bozo ethnic group (known as Masters of the River ), who live on the banks of the Niger River in Mali. The Bozo are a mainly fishing people from the Kingdom of Ghana who settled in Mali around the 10th century. They dedicate themselves almost exclusively to fishing and to their trade and exchange. Their culture and works of art focus on their interaction with the Niger River . This is how their cult of fishing and the importance of fish in their lives is understood. They use this type of puppets in different social events.They were used, for example, during the presentation of dance troops of young men,members of local youth groups. They sing, dance, drum, manipulate puppets or dance masks when creating performances called Sogo Ba. Some of these fish are intended to be placed on the head and perform tribal dances, although they are recently being painted and decorated for sale, and are hand carved from a single piece of wood and painted in kaolin colours.