theme is "African Heritage."
Having just returned from Africa, I still have some fun facts stuck in my head. This image is of the Maasai People - the Chief and a Junior Elder. Many of the traditions have faded throughout the years, but most of them are still there, even if minimal.
The Maasai People are semi-nomadic. Their diet (used to) consist only of raw milk, raw blood, and raw meat. Now fruits and vegetables are also in their diet. We were told the chief in this picture still follows the original traditions.
Houses are made of cow manure, sticks, and human urine. The female members of the tribe build the houses. They are built in a circle surrounded by thorn bushes to help keep wildlife out.
The Maasai are known for their intricate beadwork, wardrobe of draped sheets mainly in red and plaid, jewelry, face painting/markings, piercings and stretching of earlobes. Shaving of the hair on their heads is done at each rite of passage. Only the warriors (age range of about 12-25 years old) have long hair, and is styled in thin braids. They also do a "jumping dance" where the higher the male jumps, the more women he is entitled. They are a polygamous tribe, and a wife can be obtained by an agreed upon number of cattle. To be considered rich or poor is determined by how many cattle and children one has.
This chief is said to be 98 years old, has 11 wives, and 60-70 children.
Special thanks to the amazing curating team consisting of +Morkel Erasmus
, +Grobler du Preez
, and +Dick Whitlock
I also can't help tagging +Colby Brown
in this, because he just spent a great deal of time with the Maasai! You're an inspiration, Colby!