Tanzanian Maasia population around 800,000
Who Are the Maasai People
The Maasai Tribes are nomadic pastoralists. They are believed to have migrated from Kenya to Tanzania, East Africa, thousands of years ago.
Mbeya is one of the regions where the Maasai lives. They move with their herds so during the dry seasons the Maasai struggle to find good water and pasture for their animals.
Even though Maasai live throughout Tanzania, they can usually be found in Northern Tanzania, near and in Arusha, Moshi, and Tanga; in Eastern Tanzania (which includes parts of the Rift Valley) in Morogoro and Dar Salem; and in Southern Tanzania in Iringa, Mbeya, and Rukwa.
The Maasai Warriors are world-renowned for their ability to protect their cattle by killing lions with spears. In addition, when no water is found for days, they drink blood from their live cattle, without harming the cattle. Because it is now illegal to kill lions in Tanzania, the Maasai traditional way of life is under attack. Globalization is threatening their survival.
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