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Maa·sai

 (mä-sī′, mä′sī)
n.
Variant of Masai..
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Ma•sai

or Maa•sai

(məˈsaɪ, ˈmɑ saɪ)

n., pl. -sais, (esp. collectively) -sai.
1. a member of a traditionally pastoral African people of the upland steppes of S Kenya and NE Tanzania.
2. the Nilotic language of the Masai.
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Sow then moved on to portraying other ethnicities such as Maasai people, Zulu people, and Native Americans.
The governor's sentiments evoked memories of the struggle by former Maasai supremo William ole Ntimama who, until his death, wanted the land that lies to the south of the Mombasa-Kisumu railway from Konza to be returned to the Maasai people.MAASAI HEROESSpeaking during the Madaraka Day celebrations at the Narok Stadium, Mr Lenku told the President that part of the struggle by Maasai heroes was the fight to reclaim the land.
At Maadi's Arcade Art Gallery, Zaher captured peoples' hearts with her photographs in which she featured the large number of the Maasai people. Specialised in fashion photography, Zaher presented the life of the village in a creative way, through a number of art-directed photographs featuring the people in an authentic form without it being a "staged fashion photography or a candid documentary photography." It was a passion-driven output, which reflected the "mutual visual, aesthetic, and intimate conversation that I was having with them," as she described it.
The articles, written by both students and local professionals, explain the social, economic and cultural context of Tanzania, the difference between urban and rural lifestyles, the lives of the Maasai people, the system of national parks and their role in protecting the flora and fauna of the country, the scourge of poaching, and the major public health challenges facing the country.
William Hofmeyr, 51, was on patrol in Kenya when he saw a member of the Maasai people, a Nilotic ethnic group, sleeping under a tree and approached him to warn of a hungry pride of lions nearby.
"It was a chilling announcement," said Peninah Kilungya, 42, a mother of five with the bright red traditional fabric of the Maasai people tied around her waist.
My team's project focused on wildlife control, indoor air quality, and empowerment of women with the Maasai people in Tanzania.
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One particular link that they have forged is with the Maasai People in Kenya who value the respect that Joseph Thomson showed to them in his day.
They argued that Laikipia leases allocated in the early twentieth century were ninety-nine years long and so, on 15 August 2004, the land should revert from white hands to the Maasai people. Lotte Hughes, although repeatedly stating her sympathy for the Maasai's sense of betrayal, points out some of their factual inaccuracies, including the fact that the 1904 agreement was not technically a 'lease' (Vasagar 2004).
Among the east African Maasai people (below), females typically keep their hair shaved or very short, while male warriors have elaborate hairdos and long braids ...
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