Famous as herders and warriors, the Maasai once dominated the plains of East Africa; now, they are confined to a fraction of their former range.
The Maasai are pastoralist and have not strayed from the traditional ways of life. The Maasai try to resist the urging of the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle; instead, they prefer to remain nomadic herdsmen, moving as their needs necessitate. This is becoming more difficult in modern times as their open plains disappear. Rejecting the cash economy and refusing to settle or become farmers has made life difficult and harsh.

See other tribes of Kenya: El Molo, KikuyuSamburu, Turkana.

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