The Maasai are an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their residence near the many game parks of East Africa, and their distinctive customs and red coloured dress.
Masai for example welcome their guests by dancing, singing and jumping. It's considered cool to be a high jumper among Masai. That is why on a typical postcard with Masai one will be jumping for sure.
They speak Maa and official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. Sometimes I even think about our University stuff and graduates listening to Masai speaking English fluently :)
The Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, but the people have continued their age-old customs.
Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania and Kenya welcome visits to their village to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. But if you for any reason can't come to their homes, Masai will come to Nairobi ant sell their crafts to you.
On Masai Market you can find fare ranging from wooden sculptures, beaded necklaces, batik wall hangings, shoes, soap stone carvings, sisal bags, kikois, textiles and other exciting goods.
We have spent more than 3 hours on this Market amazed by the diversity and beauty of the local Kenyan crafts. By the way the is no such thing as MADE IN CHINA in this Market. Everything you see is MADE IN KENYA. So check out what we actually bought :)
This is a traditional Masai Medical Bag.