Once the participants have lined themselves up all along the length of the rope serpent The woman that plays the role of Ata-Bey is blindfolded to symbolize our helplessness as humans in the presence of the power and force of Nature. Each woman is handed a small container filled with achiote face-paint to hold in her hand as she dances.
Behind the row of participants holding on the the rope snake there should be four women, each one representing one of the four directions and each one holding a basket filled with the particular food associated with her direction within our Caney tradition. These are the FOOD MOTHERS. and they represent The South with it's green squash, the West with its black beans, the North with its white cassava loaves, and the East with its yellow grains of maize-corn.
At this point the Boa Constrictor dance chant begins and the long row of women begin to dance forth from the place where they were for their women's ritual and toward the main ceremonial center where the men await them. Resplendant in their face-paint and lined up all along the length of the rope snake they wind their way toward the men's group led by the blindfolded Ata-Bey who is guided by two of the participants and by the beike. The beike should dance alongside the leader chanting and playing her drum or rattle all the way to the men's group. The men should at this point form themselves into a circle facing out.