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The Maasai tribe of Kenya

The Maasai are a nomadic tribe who live in parts of Kenya and Tanzania. The tribal dress of the Shuka is easily distinguished and made of red cloth.
They rely on their animals for food, including meat, milk and animal blood, and walk for many miles to locate fresh water and food. Maasai men carry spears to protect their cattle from attack by lions and other predators. The Maasai women are responsible for cooking, collecting sticks for the fire and keeping the home.
In Kenya most Maasai warriors live in the Maasai Mara national reserve. It is named after the Maasai people who live there and the Mara river which cuts across the park.

The Maasai live in shelters called manyatta which are built from grasses and branches. Maasai homes tend to be dark and smoky inside. Animal skins are laid on the floor and used for warmth. There is no electricity for lighting. When the food and water has run out the Maasai warriors pick up their houses and move with their animals to a place where there is food and water.



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