This is utterly fascinating. From The Province: The Masked Man.
For several centuries, the Chewa men of Malawi have reaffirmed their brotherhood through a secret masked society.
But Doug Curran is neither Chewa nor anything remotely approaching African.
He is a twice-divorced white man from North Vancouver. He grew up a military brat, photographs publicity film stills for a living (working with the likes of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner), and drives an Audi.
So how is it that this middle-aged British Columbian ended up a member of a closely guarded African fraternity?
That he’s not only privy to a world where men become wild beasts and speak in riddles, but is also a guardian of its secrets?
Curran ferrets around in the recesses of his mind for an answer. [continue]
Preview-art.com has a page you might like to see: Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts Nyau Masks and Ritual. That page has a few photos.