The Maasai are a pastoralist group found in Kenya and Tanzania comprising sixteen sub-tribes living in different clusters (known in Maasai as Iloshon): Ildamat, Ilpurko, Ilkeekonyokie, Iloitai, IlkapuLei, Ilkankere, Isiria, Ilmoitanik, Iloodokilani, Ilkisonko of Kenya, Ilmatatapato, Ilwuasinkishu, Kore, Parakuyu, Ilarusa and Ilkisonko, also known as Isikirari (Tanzania's Maasai). The Maasai culture is a powerful combination of humility, respect and strength in which a strong sense of community responsibility still remains. The Maasai age-set system is characterized by cohesive groups of age mates that dictate obligations, roles and responsibilities within society. This promotes community cohesion and the genuine participation of a wide range of community issues in decision making. The Maasai culture is powerful, full of meaning and almost certainly the most serious and biggest brand in the world.
Following the steps on explorer Joseph Thomson, the first European to cross Maasai land in 1883, the MasterPeace Walk is an incredible opportunity for discovery, dialogue, respect and joy in a natural environment. Crossing Maasai Land in a week-long typical rural and basic life and a lasting and intimate insight into the Maasai culture and traditions, our Explorers will exchange ideas about entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainable ways of living, health and education.
On the last day of their adventurous walk, Jesse, Anne, Precious and the teams of Nudge and MasterPeace have reached the Endoinyio Ereko Village. Here they are welcomed by the Maasai villagers with the Osirua La Seriani, the cultural welcoming ceremony. The villagers perform traditional songs, dances and jumps.
Here, our #NudgeExplorers have the opportunity to interact, dialogue and confront themselves with the Maasai.
Maasai women face other challenges. Maasai people typically do not have access to clean water, and women spend the majority of many of their days carrying water home from distant rivers and boreholes. The community faces hunger during drought times, and women go without to feed their children. Their main avenue to earning money is by selling beads
The Nudge expedition is enjoying a day in a traditional Maasai village. Here, they are immerse into Maasai daily life and activities. They have the opportunity to accompany the Maasai herdsmen, walking with their cows, goats and sheep, to experience how the Maasai communicate with them and learn about what their livestock means to a Maasai.
Livestock are a source of livelihood and are used to solve important cultural problems or needs like disputes, long lasting friendships, and dowry for marriage, sacrifices and cultural rituals. Livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep are the primary source of income for the Maasai. Livestock serves as a social utility and plays an important role in the Maasai economy. Livestock are traded for other livestock, cash or livestock products such as milk and siege.
Individuals, families, and clans established close ties through giving or exchange of cattle. "Meishoo iyiook enkai inkishu o-nkera." goes a Maasai prayer. The English translation of this prayer is: "May Creator give us cattle and children." Cattle and children are the most important aspects of the Maasai people.
The Explorers are spending a day in an authentic and traditional Maasai village (Manyatta). Manyattas are extremely eco-friendly and consist of a number of small cow dung made huts with thatched roofs. The huts are placed in a circle with livestock in the middle and a thick thorny fence for protection against the nightly predators. The huts of the Maasai are made of wood and clay. They are built very low, that you can barely stand inside.
While women construct the houses, traditionally, 'kraals' are shared by an extended family. However, due to the new land management system in the Maasai region, it is not uncommon to see a 'kraal' occupied by a single family.
During their walk, they are visiting areas with beautiful Maasai names like Oloolera, Olpirikata, Indupa, Suree, Kilonito and Enkusero.
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The #Nudge Explorers are walking through Maasai Land and being introduced to Maasai culture and deeply communal spirit. Every day during their trip they meet in dialogue and share ideas and insights with each other and the local Maasai people. Our explorers will sit with the Maasai locals and use the famous and traditional 'ENKIGUANA' approach in which one person stands up to talk and uses a talking stick.
Our own #NudgeExplorers have left the Amboseli National Park and started their #MasterPeaceWalk. They have travelled to Lele and met their Maasai travel companions. Together, immersed in nature, they will share ideas, insights and experiences on leadership and water supply solutions.
Our Explorers have left Nairobi and are on the road to the legendary Amboseli National Park, located at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Among spectacular views and strolls through the savannah grass across the Kenya-Tanzania border, the team is getting ready to begin the 100 km walk tomorrow.
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The Explorers have reached Nairobi and are not wasting a moment getting all set up for their adventure. Excitement runs high as the team awaits the arrival of Ezekiel Ole Katato, Elder to his Maasai tribe family and guide of the inspiring #MasterPeaceWalk.
In case you have missed it, here is your chance to watch Ezekiel's welcome message to our Explorers.
And so the journey begins... the Best Young Leaders in Sustainability 2016, the Nudge and MasterPeace teams are gearing up in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for their life-changing adventure through Maasai Land, Kenya.
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