Imagine a place where the wealth of a man is not determined by how much money he owns, but by how much cattle he owns? Well, there is such a place in Africa and on November 18, 2004 the Maasai tribe will be visiting Bucks at the Gallagher room from 12 noon to 2 p.m. sharing their cultures and traditions of their world.
The Maasai tribe is a tribe from Kenya, Africa who are nomadic pastoralist meaning they are always traveling, they do not have one set home, and live of off the land. They have cattle in forms of goats, sheep and cows as well as raise donkeys for the migration seasons for carrying water and supplies. However, they are best known for their alluring beadwork that is brightly colored and vibrant that sometimes cover their bodies from head to toe. But the thing that makes them so unique according to Francis ole Sakuda (a member of the Maasai tribe, and one of the educators leading this organization),“ Is our ancient culture that still is as it was a thousand years ago. We may have some little changes but at least we are able to maintain our traditions, our language and other aspects of life as in long ago.”
However, with all this beauty in their beadwork and tradition some parts of the tribe are poor and living standards are ugly. They need better health and sanitation, an adequate food supply, education for Maasai girls, environmental conservation and lots more. Which is why Simba Maasai educators organized a non-profit organization (Simba Maasai Outreach Organization) to raise money for the poorest Maasai communities. These educators travel all around bringing awareness of their people and land as well as bring the beauty and excitement of their ethnicity.
On Thursday November 18, 2004 you will get a better look at the culture and a glimpse Kenyan life. As children they are taught how to be a Maasai and how to continue their unique heritage as well as their way of life, it is part of their education. They are very devoted to their whole way of life and culture and want to share their beauty and passion with others, like the students of Bucks. There are three Maasai educators that will be performing dances and songs that the guests get to learn and perform themselves. Also, slide shows will be shown of their villages and everyday life along with story telling. Their beadwork and artwork will be displayed as well as for sale! Learn how to take the conflict out of your life and create peace as the Maasai do through conflict ceremonies. Go outside of the life you know to explore the life of another to better understand and appreciate the world you live in.
Thanks to the Women’s center, Student Life, Cultural Advisory Committee, and Cultural Diversity Club we are able to experience the Maasai heritage and customs. Also as Natalie Kaye said, “ We are helping the college make a difference.”