Through working with The Kilgoris Project I’ve become fascinated with the Maasai’s transition from a traditional tribal culture to westernization. The tribe’s journey has been tough. Displaced by the British in the 1900s these proud nomads were forced to settle on small plots of land far from their traditional ranges. Over the past century the tribe has come face to face with the modern world. To be clear, much of the change has been good – life expectancy is up, child mortality is down, standards of living are slowly improving.
For over 500 years Maasai warriors have been gathering in temporary villages (Manyattas) to learn and preserve the traditions of their tribe. Historically, this was how young men learned to survive. Now it’s how the community retains their identity as they transition into a western world.