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MAASAI CULTURAL HOMESTAY, MONDULI, TANZANIA
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Village of 58 Maasai huts, all owned by one man, one for each of his 58 wives
Molelliani, the midwife in the 58 hut village
Molelliani and her family offer their intricate handmade beaded jewelry for sale
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
My host, Morani, plays with the kids while I talk to Molelliani about the art of midwifery
Morani discusses local news with a Maasai herder during our trek to the dam
The dam, the only source of water for the local Maasai and their livestock
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
The primary school where Sara teaches, with each of her classes having more than 70 students
Lovely wildflowers, despite being the dry season
The town of Monduli Juu
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
The tribe's herbal man explains the medicinal use for local plants, herbs, trees and barks
Some of the medicinal plants up close
The herbal man comforts his crying grand baby while the rest of the family poses for my photo
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
The home of my Maasai hosts, Morani and Sara Poyoni
Morani and Sara's living room
The guest room where I stayed
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
With no running water, washing dishes was done in a series of five-gallon buckets in the backyard
Sara cooking over an open fire in the kitchen
The Poyoni family, from left to right: Morani, Sara, 2 year old Linda, and 10 year old Babu
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Maasai men buy, sell or trade livestock at the weekly Red market, so named because everyone wears red
Beans and grains for sale at the Red Market
Handling the donkeys that are used to transport the heavy materials to be sold at market
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered by local merchants, although the Maasai eat only milk, blood and meat
More fruits and veggies, ad Maasai with their ubiquitous sticks
Roasting freshly slaughtered goat and sheep over an open fire at the Red Market
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Slaughtering the goats
Fried bread
Delicious bananas
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Monduli Maasai
Jewelry, clothing, tires, pots and pans...anything you need can be found at the Red Market
Skeleton of a new Maasai hut being constructed
Another Maasai compound in the hills, on the way to climb Mount Monduli
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