African Studies 337 - Amboseli Component
This component focuses on the socio-economic, and environmental factors responsible for changing the Maasai culture and pastoral lifestyle from pure nomadic pastoralism to semi-sedentary, mixed agro-pastoralism in the Amboseli region on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Students learn about and examine the competition for irrigated land, pasture and water between various groups -- between the pastoral and agro-pastoral Maasai, between the resident Maasai and non-Maaasi farmers and between livestock and wildlife. Students learn how the local Maasai manage their own wildlife sanctuaries, tourist lodges, campsites and, cultural tourism ventures. Students get a rare opportunity to participate in a two-day homestay with a traditional Maasai family. This component is hosted by the Maasai Center for Field Studies, a non-profit making organization owned and managed by the Maasai community of Kuku Group Ranch.