Members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya
Jun 27 2013

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 3

Do you know your roots?

The spring/summer issue of CFCA’s magazine, “Sacred Ground,” features our work with indigenous communities all over the world.

Read more interesting facts about these communities and how their cultures contribute to their self-identity.

CFCA works with families all over the world offering hope and restoring dignity through sponsorship.

Indigenous communities have been marginalized in many places around the world, which is why CFCA has crossed paths with them.

The indigenous groups CFCA works with represent diverse regions, cultures, races and religions.

“Indigenous communities embody a wealth of wisdom and experience that are invaluable to all of humanity,” said

Dan Pearson, CFCA director of international programs. “Like any complex system, diversity makes humanity stronger and more resilient.”

In this final installment of a three-part series, we present one of the indigenous communities we work with in Africa.


Maasai community

  • Africa’s Maasai community is mainly pastoral, herding animals including goats, sheep and cows.
  • A significant portion of the Maasai population lives in Kenya and Tanzania.
  • When greeting a member of the Maasai community, the custom is to place one’s hand on the head of whomever you are greeting.
  • Many Maasai men and women remove their two lower teeth as a sign of beauty.
  • The Maasai wear a brightly colored piece of cloth called a Shuka. They also wear handmade beads around their necks and arms.
  • Many Maasai people drink fresh milk and cow’s blood. They believe this helps to keep the body strong.

Check out the amazing photos from our series on indigenous communities!

Related links:

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 1

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 2

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