In our article a few weeks ago, we tried as much as we could to know The Maasai in Kenya. It is now interesting to know that there are Maasai in Tanzania also. The Maasai occupy the northern part of Tanzania. Many Maasai tribes throughout Tanzania welcome visits to their villages to experience their culture, traditions, and lifestyle, in return for a fee.
History has it that Maasai in Tanganyika (now mainland Tanzania) were displaced from the fertile lands between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, and most of the fertile highlands near Ngorongoro in the 1940s. More land was taken to create wildlife reserves and national parks: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire and Serengeti National Park in what is now Tanzania.
Maasai are pastoralist and have resisted the urging of the Tanzanian government to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle. They have demanded grazing rights to many of the national parks in the country.
The Maasai people stood against slavery and never condoned traffic of human beings; and outsiders looking for people to enslave avoided the Maasai greatly.
According to Africa History, Maasai in Tanzania continue to live a far more traditional lifestyle, one that is interwoven with the processes of modernisation, compared with their Kenya neighbours. This include Levels of education (both male and female) and participation in paid employment are significantly higher in Maasai in Kenya to Tanzania.
By Nwankwo, Grace Chinasa