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The Maasai Oral Histories Study Guide

The Maasai elders that will be recorded during this project are at extreme age. Born in the early 1920s, they have witnessed and experienced the end of colonialism, two world wars, the Mau Mau rebellion, independence, tourism and industrial development. This period of dynamic change, combined with the collective memory of the generations that lived before them, will provide the background for this series of taped interviews.

The senior elders are a living bridge between the past, the present, and the future. The Internet is an invisible link between every single human being on the face of the earth who has access to a computer. Your classroom will have a direct connection with a small Maasai classroom in the heart of Maasailand, Kenya, East Africa, for three weeks in January 2005.

The Study Guide has been developed with an overview of the Maasai Oral Histories Project. The Guide includes an introduction to the Maasai with information about the people and their customs, a description of the process of collecting oral histories as well as topics that might be included in the interviews with elders during the project in January 2005. A list of suggested classroom activities is also included.

As future funding for this project will depend on the interest and participation of schools around the country, please help us by registering below. Thank you.

 
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