High school or college literature, history, or sociology classes.
Chart the seasons from the Maasai point of view.
Have participants volunteer to submit information about various aspects of Maasai life as it reflects the seasons. Include the following details:
Anderson, David M., Maasai People of Cattle, Chronicle Books, 1995.
Bentsen, Cheryl, Maasai Days, Anchor Books, 1991.
Hetfield, Jamie, Maasai of East Africa, Rosen Group, 1996.
"Kenya Web-People and Culture," http://www.kenyaweb.com.
Zeleza, Tiyambr, Maasai, Rosen Group, 1994.
Join with several partners to write a poem or song defining the periods of time that comprise the Maasai seasons. Alter tone and images to indicate hope and thanks to the gods for plenty of grass and rain. Chant your poem to the accompaniment of drum, flute, shekere, finger cymbals, scrapers, or thumb piano.