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Interacting with the Maasai

Posted By Harveen Hans on 03 Jun 2015
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So far it has been an absolutely incredible experience and a great honour to be able to sit down and interact with the beautiful indigenous people of Tanzania and Kenya. The Maasai are considered a warrior tribe and they lead a semi - nomadic way of life where they have no attachments to any possessions really and their wealth is essentially measured by the amount of cattle and livestock they keep.

Globalization has had a huge impact on indigenous communities world wide, however, the objective and philosophy of our Maasai English Community class is to preserve the Maasai culture while also teaching them English conversational skills as a lot of them would like to seek employment in community based tourism and even become tour guides as they have plenty of knowledge of the land. Our aim is by no means to "develop" them or force them to assimilate into society and forget their own traditions and customs, nor are we forcing them to comply with other people's ideas of "progress". People need to understand that you cannot impose your ideas on indigenous people, they must be able to choose for themselves whether they want change or not.

The Maasai culture is a beautiful culture and we wish to preserve their culture, but if they are keen on learning a different language then more power to them. “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it from you.” -B.B. King

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