The Maasai People

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This second post concerning my trip to East Africa is dedicated to the Maasai people. The Maasai are cattle farmers, many of whom still live an aboriginal lifestyle in small villages among their family clan. Some of the areas they inhabit are very dry and some they share with wild game. Sustaining such hardships makes them a people of proud warriors who resist giving in to modern trends. But also Maasai people have mobile phones these days, and it is a matter of time until they succumb to the benefits of modern civilization.

My wife Yvonne and I photographed (pictures taken by Yvonne are marked as such) them in Northern Tanzania, both in the Ngorongoro Conservation area and north of Ol Doinyo Lengai, the holy mountain of the Maasai.

Maasai land in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

Maasai land in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania.

Ol Doinyo Lengai, the holy mountain of the Maasai people, as seen from Lake Natron.

Ol Doinyo Lengai, the holy mountain of the Maasai people, as seen from Lake Natron.

Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Maasai village in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai children in a village.

Maasai girl carrying her sibling.

Maasai girl carrying her sibling (by Yvonne Masny).

Maasai woman.

Maasai woman.

Maasai woman.

Maasai woman.

Maasai woman.

Maasai woman.

Little Maasai boy  (by Yvonne Masny).

Little Maasai boy (by Yvonne Masny).

Little Maasai girl  (by Yvonne Masny).

Little Maasai girl (by Yvonne Masny).

Maasai man and his mobile phone.

Maasai man and his mobile phone.

Huts in a Maasai village.

Huts in a Maasai village.

The Maasai are herding cattle as well as sheep and goats.

The Maasai are herding cattle as well as sheep and goats.

Market scene in a Maasai town.

Market scene in a Maasai town.

Maasai men in a market town.

Maasai men in a market town.

Men resting on a Maasai market (by Yvonne Masny).

Men resting on a Maasai market (by Yvonne Masny).

Women on a Maasai market (by Yvonne Masny).

Women on a Maasai market (by Yvonne Masny).

Maasai land in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Maasai land in Ngorongoro Conservation Area.