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or Maasai
, a largely nomadic pastoral people of E Africa, chiefly in Kenya and Tanzania. Cattle and sheep form the basis of the economy that they have maintained in resistance to cultural change. The Masai live off the milk, blood, and meat of their livestock.
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Today Kenya is known for its safaris butifyoudonothavetimetodoa flying package to the Masaai Mara then exploring the Nairobi National Park is a great option.
It's not overrun by cars, yet it boasts about 30,000 zebra, 25,000 wildebeest, 5,000 elephant, 5,000 buffalo, 5,000 eland, 2,500 Masaai giraffe, as well as harder-to-spot species like the fringe-eared oryx, lesser kudu (a forest antelope) and the dik dik (a pint-sized species of antelope).
Previous campaigns have resulted in the building of a school in Kenya and the installation of a water pipeline in a remote Masaai village.
Masaai protested in vain in 2004 for the restoration of their land.
Masaai protesters in court shouted in outrage as the judgment was read.
Carnivore first opened in Nairobi as an open air dining concept featuring wild game and more domesticated meats on the menu, cooked and grilled simply on a masaai sword.
The peoples of Namibia vary from the Himba in the northwest who cover their bodies in red ochre and who are part of the Herero grouping resembling the tall Masaai of east Africa, to the remnants of the San in the south who are struggling to adapt from being hunter-gatherers to following an urban existence.
Many educated Masaai men and women still favour the practice of FGM, not because they are uniformed about the risks involved, but for fear of the social repercussions, should they reject the custom.
Take for example the Masaai men who, after swallowing their macho pride, have found a thriving new livelihood braiding the hair of women.
The strong bond of love between a Masaai father and his son is celebrated in the companion title to the beloved Mama, Do You Love Me?
Here is a sample chosen at random: "A man without culture is like a zebra without stripes" (an ancient Masaai proverb).