Peoples of Kenya
Famous as herders and warriors, the Maasai once dominated the plains
of East Africa; now, they are confined to a fraction of their former
The Maasai are pastoralist and have not strayed from the traditional
ways of life. The Maasai try to resist the urging of the Tanzanian and
Kenyan governments to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle; instead, they
prefer to remain nomadic herdsmen, moving as their needs necessitate.
This is becoming more difficult in modern times as their open plains
disappear. Rejecting the cash economy and refusing to settle or become
farmers has made life difficult and harsh.
See other tribes of Kenya: El Molo, Kikuyu,
Photographs by Frantisek Staud
Inside Maasai House
In Maasai school
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