Regarding religion, Jean Rouch’s (French ethnographer and film maker 1917-2004) first film shows a possession dance performed after the Songhay fishermen-hunters, called Sorkey, have killed a hippopotamus.
Rouch Jean, 1947, Au pays des mages noirs, 12 minutes,

Yet, it is important to note that the Sorkawa and the Sorkey are two different professional groups, speaking different languages (Hausa and Songhay-Zarma), mastering different techniques to hunt fresh water animals and catch fish. Both the Sorkey and the Sorkawa have converted to islam but many still practice ancient religion (animism).

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By Eric Hahonou