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    People and Parks: Pastoralism and Conservation in East Africa

Paideia 450: Tanzania

Students enjoying a rest below one of the many mountains in Tanzania.

Maasailand Bound

The Maasai are often seen as the pride of Tanzania. With the prevailing image of warriors robed in red, often with tall spears in hand, it is no wonder that they are reveared by nearly all of the 130 tribes in Tanzania. They are a proud people, guiding their herds of cattle hundreds of miles every year to graze across the vast steepes that stretch along the Great Rift Valley. Tomorrow we depart to Maasailand, the home of these pastoralists, to experience their culture and learn about the current challenges facing them today. 

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Students enjoying a rest below one of the many mountains in Tanzania.

Mountains, Monkeys, and Markets

One can truly say that Tanzanians do live by the Swahili phrase 'Hakuna Matata'. We have started to explore the beauty of this country, and the joy and optimism that many people here bring to every moment of life. After hiking on trails with stunning mountain views, hearing the chatter of monkeys durring lecture, and testing our bartering skills at local Markets, our first day proved exciting for even the most jet lagged of Students. 

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Across The Great Rift

Hamjambo! Join myself and my classmates as we travel across the Great Rift Valley of East Africa to explore conservation and pastoralism in northern Tanzania. Visiting various entities such as the African Wildlife Foundation, tourist Lodges, and Maasai Tribes in the bush, we will be seeing a wide range of ecological settings and ways of life. Through this month I hope to share with you the experiences of our group, and the lessons that come from such a unique journey. 

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