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Amateur documentary: Ethiopian tribes in the Omo Valley

I spent a month in Ethiopia. I was lucky to be able to spend time with some of the amazing tribes in the south-west corner of Ethiopia. Here is my tale.....
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This is not a documentary of the Maasai tribe or even a Kenyan tribe, but it has a lot of similarties to the Maasai. The Ethiopian tribes all have tatered clothing the way the Maasai have. There homes are also very similar to the Maasai because they are round and constructed of sticks, dried mud, and dung. They also have a lot of head jewlrey that all symbolizes there customs. 

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The Maasai People of Kenya

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The Maasai homes are copnstructed for people that live on the move, so they are not very nice since they move around so much. The homes are a circular shape with a framework of timber poles planted into the ground. Then then the walls are made of plastered mud, sticks, grass, and cow dung walls. The houses are made by able body women women.

 

In the book Joseph mentions how his house was made by his mother. He also goes to talk about how the house is made of plasterd cow dung walls and its not a sturdy permanent home because his people are always relocating.

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Kenya | Mercy Corps

Kenya | Mercy Corps | Kenya maasai | Scoop.it
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This group helps the kids to address the root of the conflict of power, and it also helps families to survive through the droughts.

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Maasai

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Student Resources In Context
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The Maasai are herders, they herd cattle and thats there way of life. The Maasai prefer to be herding cattle over anything they could be doing. The Maasai boys also have to become men through a series of ceremonies the most important being the circumcision. During the circumcision the boys feel an incredible amout of pain and they are not allowed to move, if they do they bring dishonor to their whole families and they do not become men. There homes are temporary sense they move so around so much to graze their cattle. The houses are made of sticks, dried mud, and cow dung. Males also have priority in their society, they make all the decisions in the community.

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St. Lawrence University | Best College | US News

St. Lawrence University | Best College | US News | Kenya maasai | Scoop.it
Is St. Lawrence University the best college for you? Find out at US News. See if St. Lawrence University is ranked and get info on admission, tuition, student life, and more.
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St.Lawrence University is a private school in Canton, New York. It Is a private school that was founded in 1856. This school goes of the semester based, it has an acceptance rate of about 43%. It has a total undergrad population of 2,361 making it a very small private school. Its a liberal arts school meaning you need to recieve a well rounded education at the university. It it is also the oldest school on the Canton area.

 

The only way this topic really connects to my book is its the school that Joeseph gets a scholarship to. Other than that it really doesnt connect to the book, i just wanted to know more about the school. In the book the most significant sentence about the school is this "A few months later, I got a letter: I'd been accepted. I was going to St. Lawrence University, in Canton, New York, with a full scholarship."

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Kenya Tribes - Culture and Lifestyle of the Tribes of Kenya

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There are over 40 Kenya tribes, also known as ethnic groups. They differ in language, history and culture. It is their diversity that makes Kenya a beautiful country.
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The Maasai culture is referred to as on of the last great warrior cultures left. The male children go through a lot of rituals in ordr to become warriors and be excepted into adulthood, one of of which being a circumcision. But there circumcision isnt performed when they are young it ranges from ages 10-30 . The Maasai people also have a deep, almost sacred relationship with cows. The Maasai people believe that the cow was placed on earth strictly for them and that they are the custodians of the cow. The wealth of a Maasai family is judged by the amount of cows they have. Now because the cows are the center of Maasai peoples way of life, they are a nomadic tribe. Because they are a nomadic tribe there houses are built very loosely and not sound since they dont stay in one place for long.

 

All these things about the Maasai people connect to my book. Joseph says in the book "The most important event of my whole life was my circumcision." he says this bcause being circumcized is the most improtant ritual to becoming a man, he was 13 years old when he was circumcized. Throught the book Joseph talks about how important the cows are in his culture, cows are the thing that he knows the most about its his life. Numerous times in the book he is out grazing his cattle and herding them.

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Iqbal

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When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren th...
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If I were to read another book of the same topic as "Facing The Lion" I would read Iqbal because it seems like it would be on the same page excitement wise.

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The Maasai Tribe-Rituals

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The circumcision is the most important ritual for a Maasai boy to become a Maasai man and warrior, it is called by the Maasai people Emuratare. Before the ritual the boy must herd cattle for 7 full days and on the 8th day he is circumsized. Before he is circumsized he must take a cold shower and stand in the cold weather to cleanse them of previous sins. During the circumcision the boys cannot move a muscle or even blink. So the fellow age mates (others being circumsized) yell encouragements along with family members.

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Facing the Lion

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Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton gives American kids a firsthand look at growing up in Kenya as a member of a tribe of nomads whose livelihood ce...
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Lekuton, Joseph Lemasolai. Facing The Lion. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, n.d. Print. This book is about a boy named Joseph Lemasolrai
Lekuton and the journey of his life as a nomadic tribe in Kenya. He was  forced to go to school by the government of Kenya, where he received his western name of Joseph. His tribe depends on cows for literally everything food, milk, and it even seems something to do during the day. During the day Joseph goes out with his fellow tribes men to let the crowds graze plants and grass. His job is to keep track of the cows so they dont get  lost, hurt, or killed by lions (lions run ramped in the jungles and plains of Kenya, Africa). It is not uncommon for Joseph to have to walk 20-30
miles a day to bring his cows to good grazing lands. But this is if he is
not at school. Joseph then gets a full ride scholarship to St. Lawrence
University in New York City. Joseph is shocked by the culture of the United States, how could he not be he's lived in a tribe in Kenya his whole life. Here Joseph attends school determined to make his family proud, even though they don't understand.
      
      
My statements of scope are nomadic tribes of Kenya, Maasai tribal rituals,
St. Lawrence University, Maasai homes, and cow herding. All of these topics are very prevalent in this book. I would like to research them because I have little to no knowledge of these things and they all caught my fancy. So these are the topics I will be learning about. In the book Joseph was a part of a nomadic tribe and i haven't learned much about that topic. In the book there were a lot of tribal rituals in order to make joseph a man, such as being circumcized at the age of 12. I have never heard of St. Lawrence University so i would like to know more about it. I am also curious on the Maasai homes and what they are built of. Last but not least his tribe relyed on cow herding and i would like to know more about how they go about they're cow herding.  
      
      
I really did like this book and honestly i really don't know why. They're  really wasn't any extremely exciting events that take place in the book.
But for some odd reason i found it to be a "captivating" book. I can't
quite put my finger on why I think this and it's really weird that I can't.
But if I had to give a guess as to why I found it so entertaining, I would
say it had to be the element of adventure and the fact that it was such a
new topic for me. My one complaint would be that the book ends so abruptly and it's such a bland ending as well.

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