The Maasai and Samburu
The Maasai, the “warrior nomads” of the plains, are perhaps the best known of Kenya’s ancestral peoples. In colonial times they established a reputation as fierce fighters, and are famous for their lion-hunting skills. Today many still maintain much of their traditional way of life.
The Samburu people are cousins of the Maasai and carry on many of the same pastoral traditions, yet they seldom adopt an aggressive cultural stance towards other tribes. Their lands are in the dry northern plains of Kenya, and they face many hardships with quiet dignity.