Living with Maasai V ↠ One of my favorite stories, told to me by my translator (and he has many) was the origin of the name "Maasai" for the Maasai people. He told me a story about how way back when, the British used many Maasai as servants and laborers. They'd give them a task and then give them another and the Maasai would always answer with "maasai". The Maasai are not a people afraid to speak up for themselves. "Maa sai" translates to "I won't do another". The British would be like "why do these people always say maasai?" So they started calling them Maasai and the name stuck. Now I don't know how accurate this story is but that's the story. And I love it.
Pictured here are two Maasai men, a woman and their sheep on the way to the market to sell. They'll travel for about an hour down bumpy dirt roads and single track trails to get to "town" where the market is held once weekly.