Each puppet consisted of an expressive mask face, based as closely as possible on real African masks without treading on religious or national design motifs, and a puppet body dressed in traditional garb with necklaces and other adornments. Each African Mask also performed a percussion instrument.
The four puppets were performed, from left to right in the top photograph, by Jerry Nelson, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, and an unknown performer. The four Masks, in the above order, respectively sung the verses about fire, water, mountain and spirit in "Turn the World Around," even though the puppets themselves had no discernable association with any specific elements.
- The Primitives, another group of puppets inspired by tribal art