Portrait of Maasai warrior in traditional red blanket, Kenya

 

 

Peoples of Kenya

The Maasai

Famous as herders and warriors, the Maasai once dominated the plains of East Africa; now, they are confined to a fraction of their former range.

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, Samburu, Turkana

Photographs by Frantisek Staud


Maasai village

 Maasai girl covered in bright orange blanket and Candelabra tree, Kenya
 Maasai girl wearing bright orange blanket with Maasai village in background, Kenya
 Maasai girl wearing bright orange blanket with Maasai village in background, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai warrior in traditional red blanket, Kenya
 Maasai girl and Candelabra trees, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai warrior in traditional red blanket, Kenya
 Hand of Maasai warrior with traditional jewelry and stick, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman wearing red blanket, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai warrior in traditional red blanket, Kenya
 Maasai children in village, Kenya
 Maasai children in worn out cloths, Kenya
 Maasai children in village, Kenya

Inside Maasai House

 Candelabra tree towering over Maasai manyata - settlement, Kenya
 Maasai women posing before their house, Kenya
 Maasai woman breastfeeding her child  life inside Maasai village, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman and her son sitting inside their house, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman eating inside her house, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman sitting inside her house, Kenya
 Life inside a Maasai house - woman making tea, Kenya
 Life inside a Maasai house - woman making tea, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman with her daughter and granddaughter inside their house, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman with her daughter and granddaughter inside their house, Kenya
 Old Maasai woman with her daughter and granddaughter inside their house, Kenya
 Maasai woman breastfeeding her child  life inside Maasai manyata, Kenya

In Maasai school

 Maasai schoolboy pointing to blackboard in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai schoolboy pointing to blackboard in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai girl pointing to blackboard in Maasai school, Kenya
 Maasai schoolgirl laughing in a classroom of Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai girl pointing to blackboard in Maasai school, Kenya
 Maasai girl standing by blackboard in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai children posing before blackboard in village school, Kenya
 Maasai children playing in village school, Kenya
 Maasai children posing before blackboard in village school, Kenya
 Maasai schoolboy focused on his teacher, Kenya
 Teacher and pupils in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai children in village school, Kenya
 In Maasai village school, Kenya
 Teacher and pupils in Maasai village school, Kenya
 In Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai children waving in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai pupils in village school, Kenya
 Maasai children waving in Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai children in village school, Kenya
 Maasai children looking out of the window of Maasai village school, Kenya
 Maasai children in village school, Kenya

Maasai boys

 Maasai schoolboys in uniforms, Kenya
 Maasai boys in uniforms on the way to school, Kenya
 Maasai boys wearing uniforms on the way to school, Kenya
 Maasai Eyes  close-up portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy in school uniform, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya
 Portrait of Maasai boy, Kenya

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