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| p.1 #9 · Living together in the Serengeti #9 |
Thanks Jude, David, Birdie, Tim, Eric, Chris and Socrate.
Gazelle, antelope ? Who knows how to tell the difference? The only one I get right is Thompson's gazelle (I'm right about 75% of the time).
About the "money-making scheme": It was my understanding that concerned Kenyans (and others) finally realized that foreign travel agencies were making millions of dollars on such things as having their clients visit East Africa's native villages, but the villagers were getting nothing, squat, nada, zip. I was there soon after individual travelers (i.e. moi) began handing cash to the people directly on site. Not through travel agencies or any other middleman.
Although the native people maintained their traditional way of life, they DID live in Kenya- which was a cash economy. What they used the cash for- I don't know, but apparently they had some needs. For example: the little plastic beads they used in their necklaces were not made by the tribal people themselves- they were made elsewhere by machines.
Eric- Your new wife was ritualistically hit about the legs by the umbilical cord of a newborn calf? I could make some tasteless joke about her having a cow, but out of respect for your lovely wife... I won't.
Yes, their houses were supported by sticks- but were mostly mud, straw and cow dung- all mixed together. Stepping outside in the morning and "taking a deep breath of fresh air" must really have meaning to the Maasai.