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Visiting a Massai Village, Tanzania


Our tour group was treated to an exploration of a Massai village when we visited the Olduvai Gorge.  Our lead guide negotiated with the community's chief for a few minutes, a substantial amount of cash changed hands, and soon all the people in the village were in their traditional garb, inviting us into their community.

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The living conditions are simple and quite primitive.  People lived in huts constructed of sticks and dung -- no electricity, running water or plumbing.  There is a central open space in the village and an outer fence of thorny bushes.  At dusk the cattle are brought into the community from a day's grazing in the hills, the fence is resealed, the thorny barrier quite effective in keeping out lions and other predators.

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The people were amazing -- friendly, happy, welcoming!  The women sang songs and sold souvenirs.

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The men engaged in some kind of jumping ritual, the object seeming to be to see which one could get the most altitude.  I think NBA scouts should be here getting talent for basketball.

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