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How the social, cultural and economic changes brought on by tourism influence the Maasai culture.

“Tourism is one of the main forces absorbing indigenous peoples into the modernist world system”6 and the Maasai culture, like many other indigenous groups are facing these challenges every day. “Indigenous tourism often focuses on the relationships between people and their natural habitat“4 says Chambers correctly, and safari tourism is a perfect example of this. Essentially safari tourism is a distinct tourism itself, but it incorporates elements of eco tourism, cultural tourism, recreational tourism and adventure tourist under one umbrella. Progress, partially brought on by safari tourism, can destroy important part of the Maasai cultural heritage. The nations’, where these...

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Mudcloth History

Bòlanfini or bogolan (Bambara: bɔgɔlanfini; "mud cloth") is a handmade Malian cotton fabric traditionally dyed with fermented mud. It has an important place in traditional Malian culture and has, more recently, become a symbol of Malian cultural identity. "She introduced me to the ancient man and his wife.We sat and chatted. The elder man was a renowned féticheur and he offered to divine my future. Clad in the dark heavy weave of mudcloth,heavy strips of cotton cloth sewn together and dyed with mud,called bogolanfini, he sat in the shadowed heat of closed hut and threw cowry shells in the sand."...

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Senufo People

Senufo People

Senufo, also spelled Senoufo , a group of closely related peoples of northern Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and southeastern Mali. They speak at least four distinct languages (Palaka, Dyimini, and Senari in Côte d’Ivoire and Suppire in Mali), which belong to the Gur branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Senufo peoples are agricultural, their major crops including corn (maize) and millet. Their farms cluster around villages of small mud-brick houses, thatched in the south but with flat roofs in the drier north.   The Senufo are outstanding musicians, using marimbas, tuned iron gongs, and a variety of drums, horns, and flutes....

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Tuareg peoples

The Tuareg are desert nomads living in the regions surrounding the Sahara. They are famous for their beautiful jewelry and leatherwork and woodwork, all of which are created by the Enaden, a separate caste of blacksmiths who traditionally live amongst the Tuareg. Because the Tuareg are nomadic, they are limited in their possessions - for this reason everything that they own is not only beautiful and highly decorative, but also functional. During bad times, when food is short, they will use their goods as trade items. Wooden bowls are carved out of African hardwoods, making them durable and multi-functional. They...

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Beaded Chairs of Nigeria

Beaded chairs are made by the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria.Exquisite craftsmanship is the trademark of these beautifully crafted pieces of art. It's hand made of hundreds and thousands of tiny beads to form playful patterns. It takes roughly three months to create one. AMAZING!Enjoy this amazing collection.          

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