Funds raised at Chief Joseph's events support health, education and safety in their traditional villages in the Ngong Hills of Kenya.
Chief Joseph has been an invited speaker at the United Nations and schools of all levels throughout the USA for the last 8 years. He is Chief of over 6,000 Maasai tribal members overseeing his Community with a dedication to cherishing the wisdom of his culture while meeting demands of current times.
You can leave indelible footprints in East Africa and learn more about the indigenous Maasai tribe by meeting Chief Joseph ole Tipanko and his Maasai Community Members during their annual visit to the US.
The Chief speaks at schools, churches, community centers, professional organizations and more to inform people of the history, customs and challenges of Maasai people living today in Kenya and Tanzania - much as their ancestors lived hundreds of years ago.
By supporting the Chief's programs, you are helping his tribe improve their living conditions.
CONNECTICUT SCHEDULE 2024
Sat. March 30 - Sun. April 7
We are booking presentations now and welcome any suggestions you may have for venues to share the Maasai history and culture.
Please remember that this visit across the US is two-fold:
Acquaint our population with a fascinating, living history lesson which will entertain, educate, and leave a lasting effect on each
Fund raise to keep the Maasai
culture and its people alive, safe, and able to cope with the changes of the 21st century
TO BOOK A PRESENTATION AT YOUR SCHOOL, BUSINESS OR OTHER VENUE, PLEASE USE
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Interview with John Kilenyi ole Parsitau, one third of the team of Cultural Ambassadors, who describes their mission.
MEET MAASAI CHIEF
JOSEPH OLE TIPANKO
VISITING WITH HIS DELEGATION FROM KENYA
Available to provide an amazing cultural experience for CT students and community- one week only!
March 31-April 6, 2024
.An unforgettable experience for your students which aligns with DEI call to action
How many of these 10 facts about the Maasai do you know?
1.Maasai are known for their brightly-colored clothing and bead work. The colors have deep significance in their culture:
2.Red signifies bravery, unity, and blood of the cow
Blue represents the sky.
Green represents the land
Orange and yellow symbolize hospitality
White represents purity, milk, and health
Black represents the color of the people
3.Maasai homes are constructed by the women of the tribe, using materials such as sticks, grass, mud and cow dung. The rectangular huts are meant to be temporary, since the migration of the cow population means that the Maasai move as well. Women are also responsible for supplying water, gathering firewood, milking the livestock, and preparing meals for their families.
4.The men of the tribe, hunters and warriors, are responsible for building protective fences made out of acacia thorns around the living area of extended family members or small communities. The fences traditionally prevent lions from attacking the tribe’s livestock.
5.Sometimes referred to as “people of cattle,” Maasai use livestock as both a form of internal currency and a means of obtaining outside goods such as clothing, beads, grains, uniform and school fees for children, and marriage dowries.
6.On special occasions, such as when a person is circumcised, gives birth or is sick, the Maasai people drink cattle blood, as it is considered to be good for the immune system.
7.Circumcision is a traditional celebration for teenage boys, who are expected to display no evidence of pain or fear during the procedure. Afterwards, those who have been circumcised paint their faces with a chalky white paint, wear black, and leave the village for 3 months. When they return, they are considered men.
8.Lion hunting remains another rite of passage to the Maasai. The experience is a personal achievement and sign of courage among warriors. The Maasai also respect the lion and understand the important role it plays in the surrounding eco-system, so they hunt in groups to protect the waning lion population. Additionally, female lions are never hunted because the Maasai believe that females of every species are the bearers of life
9.Although illegal in Tanzania, female circumcision is still practiced among the Maasai. Part of assimilating into the 21st century is dropping outdated, ancient practices such as this while maintaining the beauty and wisdom of past traditions.
10.Many Maasai families are now staying in one location to assure schooling for their children. In response, the elders sometimes take over the duties of herding livestock and are known to travel many miles on foot, even between countries, following rainfall and satisfactory grazing conditions. The Maasai, due to their history, are allowed to travel freely between Kenya and Tanzania without Visas or other government instruments.
11.Used tires are the material of choice for footwear for many Maasai men.