Portrait of an african tribe : the MaasaiHot Topics Amboseli, Kenya - 27 November 2004
Due to their distinctive customs and dress and residence near the many game parks of East Africa, they are among the most well-known of African ethnic groups.
They speak Maa which is a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania : Swahili and English.
Although the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments have instituted programs to encourage the Maasai to abandon their traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle, the people have continued their age-old customs.
Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands."