The Maasai

It's hard to visit Kenya and not make a trip to the Maasai Mara to visit the nomadic Maasai people who live there. 

Despite the isolation of these villages, hints of modern society seep in. I love the contrast of the mud houses and traditional Maasai blankets with the moddern socks and sneakers worn by the Maasai man pictured. 

A typical morning in the life of the Maasai as they walk their cattle out to pasture. The leader (back left) explained to us that the number of cattle a man has is a measure of wealth. He was sure to boast that he is a wealthy man. 

Becoming a Maasai warrior is a long process involving many tests of courage. This man was something of a celebrity in the community. He has  only one ear, the other was lost during a rite of passage ritual in which a man must kill a lion. 

The man is proud of his handmade blade. He uses it for everything from cutting wood and slaughtering animals to starting fires.

Here a young Maasai girl cares for her younger sibling. It is common in a Maasai village to find young girls are responsible for chores such as cooking, milking animals and caring for siblings, skills which they learn from their mothers at an early age. 

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