Samburu Tribe, Kenya
The Samburu tribe of Kenya is closely related to the Maasai . The Samburu
people moved from Sudan and settled north of Mount Kenya and south of
lake Turkana in the Rift Valley province of Kenya . Like the Maasai, the Samburu belong to the
Maa speaking group of people. The Samburu and Maasai languages share words but the
Samburu dialect is spoken in a more rapid manner than the Maasai
language . Samburu people are semi nomadic pastrolist
. Like the Maasai, livestock is the most important part of their
livelihood. Samburu herd cattle, sheep, goats and camels .
They live in groups of families in make shift villages. The Samburu's hut resembles
the Maasai's hut called "Manyatta". The huts are made of mud
and dung supported using branches from trees. Their huts are surrounded
by a fence of thorny bushes from the acacia tree and other types of thorny bushes.
Women are responsible for making the huts, milking cows, gathering firewood, fetching
water and general maintenance of the homestead. The men take care of the animals.
The Samburu wear their traditional attire which is a bright red material worn like
a skirt. They also wear multi-beaded necklaces , bracelets
and earrings. Samburu warriors paste their hair with red ochre to create a visor
to shield their eyes from the sun. Samburu people have many traditional ceremonies .. These
include the birth of a child, initiation and marriage. Boys are circumcised in their
teenage. Moran is a term used in both Maasai and Samburu community
to refer to a warrior. Like the Maasai, the Samburu also mix blood
and milk to make their traditional drink.
Do you have Inquiry or comment? Fill in the form below!