Maasai traditions

Conflict-resolution meeting after Nosioki killing

After the poisoning of Nosioki and her cub, there was a meeting yesterday in Matapato to discuss the incident. People were calm since the two suspects that had been arrested a few days prior were released on the eve of the meeting in a surprise move by KWS. Before the release the Group Ranch was…

Moranism will always be there

Since the beginning of this year, a new age-group is being prepared for eventual installment as the official Moran age-group. Circumcision ceremonies have been going on throughout Maasailand for boys who have reached maturity age. This is the stage where a boy proves to all and sundry that he is ready and willing to face…

Lion Guardian Games video!

You might remember that we held the Lion Guardian Games back in July. The Games took place on the expansive Mbirikani plains and were held in order to bring all the Guardians from the 3 Group Ranches together, to meet and get to know one another, and share their stories of the lions that roam…

New warriors blessing ceremony

The traditional blessings of the new moran (or warrior) age-set called Iltuati took place recently at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. This is a traditional blessing ceremony that must be undergone by every Maasai age-set at the beginning of its transition to the next stage of life. It was meant to have been held last…

Meat eating and conservation!

The Maasai community is known all over the world as livestock keepers. This is their main source of wealth and it has sustained them since time immemorial. To a Maasai, eating meat is a very special thing, almost a preoccupation. And actually, if you pay a visit to a friend and he slaughters a goat…

Finally! The Lion Guardian Games!

The long awaited Lion Guardian Games has eventually taken place! It was a fantastic event, and the Lion Guardians had a brilliant time competing and getting to know each other. We would like to thank everyone who made a donation towards this event – it was a wonderful occasion, and really brought the Lion Guardians…

Lion Guardian wedding!

Though a lot of a Lion Guardian’s life is spent protecting lions and reducing conflicts between their communities and carnivores, on their days off they get on with their normal lives like any other Maasai, herding their cattle or going to market to buy food and supplies for their family.   Today though was no…

What lies ahead for the Maasai?

Lion Guardian Coordinator for Olgulului and Eselenkei ranches, Eric Ole Kesoi writes about the future of his people, the Maasai: The devastating drought that has been ravaging the Amboseli ecosystem has drastically reduced the status of the Maasai pastoralist people, who are still primarily rural and strongly livestock-dependant. Anticipating the onset of the rains, many…

Lion Guardian gets married!

Saturday was a special day for one Lion Guardian. Apart from me, our youngest Lion Guardian Solonka Sakimpa was the only one not married. But this Saturday we were all very pleased to celebrate his wedding with him. Early in the morning we went to pick up his new wife from Mbirikani village, which is…