Maasai Culture

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According to Maasai oral history and archaeological records, they originated in Central Tanzania. They are semi-nomadic pastoralists and young Maasai boys, though occasionally girls, are responsible for tending to the herds. They often live in small camps, moving frequently in constant search of water and suitable grazing lands.
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Oldupai Gorge

The Oldupai Gorge is approximately 40 km (25 miles)long and located on the border of the Ngorongoro conservation area and Serengeti National Park. It is named after a type of wild sisal which grows rapidly around the gorge.

Oldupai Gorge is one of the most significant prehistoric sites on the planet and has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution. Oldupai has yielded numerous fossil remains from Pliocene to Pleistocene times (about 5 million to 10,000 years ago). One of the findings was a skull of the primitive hominid Australopithecus boisei, or nutcracker man, a species that became extinct about one million years ago.

Despite the controversy surrounding the interpretation of many of the Oldupai specimens, scientists agree that no other site has produced stone tools, animal bones and early hominid remains so precisely associated in such a well understood environment. The 3.75 million year old fossilised footprints, found by Dr. Mary Leakey in 1975 at nearby laetoli, proved that our prehuman ancestors walked in a upright position, this is widely thought to rank among the greatest palaeoanthropogical discoveries of the past century.

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Maasai Culture

Maasai are well known for their intricate and colorful beadwork, which plays an essential element in the ornamentation of their body. Beading patterns are determined by each person’s age and grade. Young men often paint their bodies in red ocher to enhance their appearances. They may spend hours or days working on ornate hairstyles, which are then ritually shaved off as they pass into the next age/grade. Though they tend to live clustered together, Maasai often travel into towns and cities to purchase goods and supplies as well as to sell their cattle and beadwork.