Lessons from the Maasai on Protecting the Indigenous

The Maasai people known as skilled lion Hunters, and also feared by the Lions themselves. The Maasai Shield, is even part of Kenya national Flag. They reside in southern Kenya , and northern Tanzania . The Maasai People originated from central and southern Sudan. Their language is Maa, it is a Nilo-Saharan language (Nilotic), and still spoken in Ethiopia and Sudan and South Sudan. They migrated to their current homeland between Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Maasai woman, Meeyu Sale people

Their life is sustained through herding, for they are a pastoral, nomadic ethnic group. The main staples of their diet is milk and meat, blood, honey, herbs & special tree bark. Some have studied their diet and are amazed at their healthy teeth.

In the 20th century, the Maasai way of life was threatened by modernization. Known for their nomadic lifestyles, have been forced into isolation. The land in which they inhabited have been turned into national parks and wildlife reserves; lion hunting due to poaching by outsiders, became forbidden.

Governments continue to pressure such groups to give up their ancient traditions and lifestyle for the sake of modernization and uniformity. Lacking the understanding of African diversity is threatened by modern Assimilation. The Maasai continue to be relegated into farming lifestyles.

The Maasai resistance continue to their traditions, and remove themselves from urban centers to maintain their way of life!

Article by:   Mayada Kandaka Mannan-Brake