The Nilotic Family Of African Tribal Groups

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Introduction / History
The Maasai are a ethnic group located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known to be part of the Nilotic family of African tribal groups.

The Maasai ethnic group migrated from the Nile valley in Ethiopia and Sudan to Maasailand in the central, south-western Kenya and northern Tanzania sometime around 1600 AD, along the route of lakes Chew Bahir and Turkana bringing all their domesticated cattle with them.

They were once considered as the most fierce warriors and feared by all tribes in the zone, not long after the Maasai lost most of their power during the late XIX century, as They were hit by huge drought, smallpox, and cattle pest, also had to mourn the tragic death of their much admired and respected leader Laibon Mbataini also the founder of the tribe.

Where are they Located?
The Maasai speak the Maasai language, an Eastern Nilotic language closely related to Samburu , the language of the Samburu people of central Kenya, and to Camus spoken south and southeast of Lake Baringo.

What are Their Lives Like?
The Maasai, Samburu and Camus people are all historically related and all refer to their language as Maa, although they acknowledge mutual cultural and economic differences. Most Maasai also speak Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa.

Majority of the Maasai live in Kenya leaving less than half living in Northern Tanzania. The Maasai ethnic group a known to be cattle and goat herders, they mostly depended on their animal stock from…

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