As Covid-19 sweeps across the globe, it is wreaking havoc and leaving behind a trail of destruction. In this radio program we check in with Nelson Ole Reiya, CEO of the Nashulai Maasai Conservancy in Kenya, to find out about the current situation of the Maasai people in his region.
Producer: Shaldon Ferris
Voices: Nelson Ole Reiyia
Image: Maasai man
"Anania2" by The Baba Project
"Burn Your Village to the Ground" by A Tribe Called Red. Used with permission.
Coronavirus, World Health Organization
In a time when Indigenous Peoples who are already plagued by inadequate health facilities and long distances to hospitals because of their remote locations, awareness of the disease is of the utmost importance.
Jemimah Kerenge re-emphazes this message in the Maasai language.
Jemimah is the Sub-Saharan Coordinator as Land Is Life.
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Maasai are semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrate within semi-arid lowlands and more humid uplands to obtain water and pasture. The large majority of them obtain their livelihood through husbandry of cattle, goat and sheep. Their food culture is very unique as they rely on meat, milk and blood from cattle for protein and energy needs. But lately with the gradual loss of elder members of the Maasai community who carry most of this people’s indigenous knowledge, Maasai indigenous communities are losing their customary practices.
Kaimana Barcarse interviews Menase Ntutu from the Maasai nation about the concerns of Indigenous Peoples living with disabilities, and how communities can collaborate to support the work of the Disability Caucus. Recorded at the 2015 UNPFII.
Researcher Elizabeth Hacker describes research about how Indigenous individuals create their own frameworks to define "well-being" to counter Western ideas of well-being. She found three important concepts for Indigenous well being are, Meeting basic material needs; social harmony and sense of belonging; and cultural identity. Dev and Elizabeth discuss examples from her research in India and Kenya.