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Maasai youth encouraged to research and document culture

Youths from the Maasai community have been challenged to conduct research on their culture and document it in books as a way of helping generations understand culture and advocate for the communities to get their rights.

Speaking in Loita ward, Narok South Sub County, during the process of negotiation and cleansing that began in 2017, Ministry of Interior and National Administration Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) designate Samuel Tunai, said young researchers need to go deeper and research on culture, identify stolen artifacts during the colonial period, and write in books.

Tunai thanked the team that traveled to London and identified the ornaments in the Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford University that are alleged to be stolen items during the colonial period.

“I challenged the youth to go an extra mile and conduct research and write it into books for future references,” added Tunai.

Tuna, who was the former Narok Governor, said there are many sections in Maasai land, especially Narok and Kajiado County, that still have precious items such as artifacts and goals that can be researched and identified.

“There are many places in Narok, like Logorian, where people took golden items during the colonial period. And it should be followed up as well,” said Tunai.

He said there were many communities affected during the colonial period; therefore, people have a right to get their rights through the following up of all things that happened during the colonial period.

Tunai also added that the team that followed the ornaments taken by the British during the colonial period can collaborate with the county government and the national government to ensure that the truth comes out and the families affected during that time get their rights.

Through this research from the team that travelled to London, the families from Loita received 49 cows each as a way of compensation.

Oxford University gave 49 cows to two families each as a way of cleansing the sacred objects the Briton had taken during the colonial period.

By John Kaleke

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