10 Photos That Take You Inside the Intriguing World of Kenya's Warrior Tribe
Photographer Susan Portnoy spends an evening exploring the world of the Samburu. See the rest at TakePart: http://bit.ly/1QdbrPt
- •Kenya's Warrior Tribe"The Samburu Trust had arranged for me to spend a couple of hours with a Samburu elder and his family, including two of his five wives and their children. It would be a fly-on-the-wall visit. I didn’t want anyone to make a special effort or reenact a cultural tradition, nothing manufactured for the curious traveler. I just wanted to capture—as inconspicuously as a stranger with a camera could—a tiny slice of their everyday life."
- •Kenya's Warrior Tribe"My guide Leuya is a man torn between Western influence and Samburu tradition—education being the catalyst. Estranged from her husband and unable to feed her children, Leuya's mother sent him as a boy to live with missionaries."
- •Kenya's Warrior Tribe"The manyatta is circular and surrounded by a thorny acacia fence to ward off predators. Inside is a second thorn-less pen for livestock and a two-room house that belongs to one of the wives, in this case, Lekolua's second wife, Nalusha. Lekolua visits each wive's manyatta periodically."
- •Kenya's Warrior Tribe"As patriarch, Lekolua (sitting in red) is responsible for arranging his children’s marriages. Men marry in their mid- to late-20s after spending a few years as a moran. The police of the tribe, the moran are the warriors. They protect their villages against conflicts with other tribes and predators. "
- •Kenya's Warrior Tribe"In the middle of all the activity, Longuta's hungry son waits patiently while she milks a goat, its hind leg wedged between her legs and a hungry kid at her heels. She collected the milk in a mug, and he drank it on the spot."