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Masai Tribe The Masai have always been different from other African tribes Their bright red robes set them apart visually With a spear in hand they are calm and courageous regardless of the danger The armed British troops who drove the Masai from their lands in the late 19th century had a great respect for the Masai In common with the wildlife with which they co-exist the Masai need a lot of land Unlike many other tribes in Kenya they live by herding cattle and goats They believe Engai their chief god gave them all the cattle in the world They referred to the neighboring tribes of farmers and hunter-gatherers as Ndorobo meaning poor folk This is because the Masai measured wealth by the number of cattle so people without cattle or those who eat the meat of wild animals are considered poor The Masai dont have fixed ranches with permanent buildings Instead they construct a boma village for a group of families The boma is a circle of hutsone per family enclosed within a circular fence of thorn bushes the women of each household construct the hut from cattle dung and clay Periodically the group will abandon their boma and construct a new one in an area with better water and grazing The Masai tribe are East African nomadic people speaking Maa which is an Eastern Nilotic language Like other tribes they are a nation only in the sense that they speak one language follow a common way of life and observe the same customs and beliefs They have a barely sufficient yet fairly homogeneous traditions of immigration beginning with an ancestor called Maasinda who made a gigantic ladder which enabled the forefathers of the tribe to climb up the long cliff from the Rudoph basin to the Uasin Gishu plateau north of Kitale From there they deployed in six main sub-tribes over the central part of the Kenya highlands and southwards down
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