The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after 1910), goli is a day long celebration usually performed during the funeral of high ranking and respected community members. Sources point to the goli dance providing not only entertainment but also protection for the village in which it is performed.
Baule goli performances consist of four red/black, male/female dance mask pairs appearing in a pre-defined order. According to Susan Vogel, the masks appear in the following social order:
Kpwan pre (the third set of goli masks; also called kpwan kple, kpan pre or kpan kple) is believed to be a depiction of the youngest member of the family and represents the fusion between the untamed animal world and the human world represented by kpwan. Kpwan pre masks are usually danced by boys aged between seventeen and twenty. When not in use, goli masks are kept in the bush.