Occupation & Craft
Hunting is not a full time occupation in
Ekpeye land. It is carried side by side with farming. Earlier, in many
parts of Ekpeye, hunters moved from an area of one forest to another for
wild and other animals. People can know families who have brave hunters
by the animal skills displayed in their family alter, called Unu-obodo,
meaning family unity.
Wild animals such as tigers, lions, and buffalo etc. were not sold by
the hunter. They were shared by the family, and any expenses accrued in
regard to the victory parade called “ Ulu-ugo” were borne by
the entire family or community.
Individuals will set traps in the bush and regularly check them every
morning. Hunting, at times, is done by a group of hunters with guns and
bamboo nets called ota. The ota is spread in an area and each hunter
joins his ota to another, after which, animals are chased in the bonded
ota. The game is shared among the hunters. Though shared equally, the
picking is done according to seniority.