Have you ever wondered what it might be like to walk around wearing rubber tires on your feet? 

Well I’m here to let you know – Its actually quite comfortable

The Maasai Simba Camp is located about 2.5 hours from Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, on the outskirts of the Amboseli National Park. While at the camp I was able to sit with local Maasai women and men and learn about the values of their communities and their struggle to maintain their culture and identity in a world where technology almost insists on globalization. I walked amongst the giraffes, stepped into traditional Maasai homes, and even had some pretty comfy sandals made out of used motorcycle tires.

Not only did I get new shoes, but I picked up a ton of beautiful necklaces, bracelets and jewelry from the local women. The women were so incredibly kind and generous! They arrived at the camp wearing some of their amazingly crafted beadwork and draped in beautiful cloth in an array of bright colors. They discussed with me what it’s like being in a polygamous marriage, their hopes for their children’s future, their hobbies and why hand beading remains a tool for women to bond and create community.

This is a photo of one of the women I had the pleasure of meeting while at the camp. She brought so much humor to our discussions on access to resources for Maasai people and the changing role of women in the Maasai community. Last but not least, I actually decided to record the entire process of the local man making my very own pair of sandals out of lightly used motorcycle tires. It’s amazing what a simple process he uses relying on only a sharp knife, a sharpening stone, and a few nails. Something tells me, these shoes will likely last a lifetime!

Carving out time to write

The Maasai center was so incredibly serene and tranquil. I was so inspired to document all of the animals I saw and the stories I heard while camping in the maasai mara.   

Shopping for the perfect set of beads

The beading practice amongst the Maasai people in Kenya is not just about creating these amazingly beautiful intricate pieces of art but an opportunity to bond and connect in a male free space.

 

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