Did You Know? The idea of the mascot goes deep in history and tradition that can be traced all the way back to the cavemen and early tribal societies. These ancient societies worshiped many different deities associated with nature and animals. They often would ask these deities, symbolized by animals, for goodwill. Spirit dances with masked members of the tribe were often performed in order to ask for a successful hunt, bountiful harvest, rain or fertility. The men in masks represented the deity or god who would provide the good luck to the tribe. Through dancing in the masks they connected with the deity, who would then hear their plea.