Two Young Maasai Men

Two Young Maasai Men

While visiting a Maasai village we were treated to dancing by both men and women, a visit to a Maasai home and the usual sale of Maasai arts and crafts by the women of the village. In between these activities, some Maasai, usually men, requested that I take their photograph either with their children or with friends. These two colorfully dressed young men posed for me, one with his spear and the other with his walking stick. Since cattle are the basis of Maasai nomadic society and monetary economy, their spears are their most precious possessions, used for defending their herds and their community against predators. They are also used as walking sticks and staffs, thrust into the ground by their sides.

I felt honored to be requested to capture them in all their beauty.