Changing Planet

‘Our Ancestors Led Their People Beyond Their Farthest Horizons’: The Maasai Tribe of East Africa

In September 2013, Tanzania’s President scrapped a plan to take 1,500 square miles from the Maasai tribe in Loliondo district, northern Tanzania,  in the name of conservation.

The area will instead remain with the Maasai, who the President said has taken ‘good care of the area’ since ‘time immemorial’.

Renowned photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have been photographing African tribes for three decades; Maasai ways of life are beautifully portrayed in this gallery.

Joanna Eede was an editorial consultant to Survival International with a particular interest in the relationship between man and nature and tribal peoples. She has created and edited three environmental books, including Portrait of England (Think Publishing, 2006) and We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples (Quadrille, 2009). Joanna writes for newspapers and magazines on subjects such as the repatriation of wild Przewalski horses to Mongolia, the whales of the Alboran sea, the chimpanzees of the Mahale rainforest, uncontacted tribes of the Amazon rainforest and the Hadza hunter gatherer people of Tanzania. Future ideas include a book about Tibet’s nomads.

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