The Body Ornamentation of the Maasai: A Gender-Focused Study
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The clips we in America get to see of Kenya are few. A selected slice of culture is delivered to our living rooms via television shows, our co1fee tables via the glossy pages of National Geographic, and our classrooms via works translated or written in a second-language of economy. Each different presentation offers us a glimpse of the Kenyan way of life and the culture within it, if the program ever moves past the display of eye-catching safari animals to tackle human subject-matter, as it rarely seems to do. We never get the complete picture of this country or a full sense of t~le dynamics involved in its play; we are marketed only spoonfuls of the easily digestible. But whether our focus is directed to the depletion of the rainforest, the desperate conditions of the Nairobi slums, or the shocking effects of the Kenya government's extensive corruption, one constant image is always presented -the image of the Maasai.