Maasai Girls and Women (1885-1918)

Maasai girls and women

No information accompanies this photo other than it was taken at the time of the German occupation of East Africa as Deutsch Ostafrika (1885-1918). Some of the women are the same ones depicted beside some young warriors (see Maasai Junior Warriors and Women), and the tree is the same. Note the leather clothes, which were common until the trade associated with colonialism introduced cloth fabric (notably red tartan) to the Maasai, and which has now become traditional.

Credit: photo taken from the Frankfurt University Photographic Archive (image reference 005-1111-15).


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