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Book Thoughts: Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

warriorI enjoyed reading about the life of pygmies so much, I next read Tepilit Ole Saitoti’s The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior. Another great book–wow. How other people live while I’m snug from the weather with plenty of food is amazing. Tepilit grew up on the Serengeti, drinking milk for breakfast, herding cows all day, and feeling lucky to eat at dinner. He was happy–content. Didn’t feel put upon or less than the city folk in their cars and clothes. Simple life. He did grow to love learning, a passion for education, which got him a Bachelors and a Masters. I’m not sure if he was happier–I think not–or just changed. More civilized, with no negative connotations to that observation. The books ends with his plea, “the only key that can now open locked doors is education. The Maasai once resisted education, afraid of losing their children. Now…the Maasai have come to accept it.”

I didn’t realize the Maasai had a reputation as warriors. When their youth grow to adulthood, they want to be of the warrior class. Not because they fight, battle, or war with their neighbors. It seems more of a strong, competent designation for mature males.

Baobabs are great trees, aren’t they. Tepilit would consider it an elephant tree–a place to flee when chased by an elephant. I need a safe haven, from all sorts of my life’s elephants.

Photo credit: wwarby



Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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11 thoughts on “Book Thoughts: Worlds of a Maasai Warrior

  1. I might have to check this book out. I spent just a little time in far flung areas of Ghana and Burkina Faso and I was astounded by how many things were the same, how many were different, and the human capacity for just continuing on. We imagine these barriers between rich, poor, city, rural, first world, developing world and often confuse geography and situation with the people themselves. The jump herding cattle to masters student is much smaller than I, at least, ever would have guessed until I was dunked headfirst into the truth of it.

    • Well said. Which I suppose explains how the species man–unlike any other Earthly species–spread to all habitats of the planet. We should embrace that diversity–and I try to!

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