The Masai People

The Masai People


The Masai are members of the Nilotic tribal group along with the Samburu. The Masai are a well known colorful people who are mainly cattle and goat herders. They like to adorn themselves with colorful cloth and beads. Wealth is measured in cattle. The traditional villages surround a central area. The young males go through a period of warriorhood before they marry. Men generally make the tribal decisions and care for the cattle. The women build the houses and talke care of the home. More and more villages are becoming less traditional. This can be seen by flat metal roofs instead of thatching, all wooden houses and even farm plots. Growing food is frowned upon by traditional Masai. There are even some homes with satellite dishes. In villages near lodges, income is supplemented by posing for photos, selling used spears or performing tradtional dances.
Except where indicated, all these photos were taken at a Masai village in the Mara.


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A traditional Masai village.




Selling tradtional crafts and old weapons.


A couple of Masai warriors with the herd of cattle.



These young Masai women are walking to the market in the nearest town, about 8 miles away.


More modern Masai and some cattle.


These Masai warriors are performing a version of a wedding dance at the Mara Safari Club.


These are some local Masai guides at Amboseli National Park.


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