Updating Educational Content
As well as improving the documentation in the museum displays and databases, the project partners also identified the need to provide better self-curated education content for the taught sessions for schools visiting the Pitt Rivers Museum. Kenya and Tanzania-based filmmakers from Oltoilo le Maa have made newly commissioned objects and films that are now being being integrated into the museum's education programmes. Some content has also been included in the 2020 interventions in the displays, particularly in regard to the superficial and erroneous attribution of certain objects in the 'Methods of Fire-making' case.
You can view seven short videos produced by community members on this website and on InsightShare's YouTube channel.
Delegates and Spokespersons
2017: Samwel Nangiria, socio-environmental scientist and long-term human rights defender; founding director of Oltoilo le Maa, a participatory video group that documents human rights issues, social development and Maasai culture visited Oxford and with Oltoilo le Maa produced a film in Loliondo with traditional leaders of Loliondo.
2018: Samwel Nangiria was accompanied by Yannick Ndoinyo, a junior elder from Ololosokwan, Tanzania and Executive Director of The Eastern Serengeti Trust (TEST), a non-profit organization; Kuweya Timan Mollel, a women’s rights champion with long term experiences in mobilizing women to effectively participate in decision-making at the family and other levels, member of Soitsambu village council for 8 years and chairperson of Pastoral Women Council as well as a member of Oltoilo le Maa group; Francis Shomet Ole Naingisa, custodian of the Maasai culture through the Ilkitoip Age Group and lecturer on the Maasai cultural anthropology for international honours programme students from Boston University and Scholastica Ene Kukutia, a Maasai women rights’s activist from Kenya.
2020: Samwel Nangiria; Yannick Ndoinyo, new delegates were Lemaron Ole Parit, the son of Mokompo Ole Simel, great grandchild of Senteu and one of the chief spiritual leaders of the Maasai; Amos Karino Leuka, member of the Loita council of elders, a teacher and long-time activist in cultural leadership and against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation; Juliana Naini Mashati from Morijo, Kenya, founder of Maasai Treasures, an organisation supporting women through the craft of beadwork in Morijo; Evelyn Paraboy Kaney, business transformer from the Ilparakuyo Maasai community in Southern Tanzania, with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary in Fargo, North Dakota, USA; James Meipuki Ole Pumbun, an elder from the Loita Maasai community in Kenya who is an advisor to his age set traditional leader on matters of cultural security. Media coverage of the visit includes Kenyan media, local media and an article in The Economist, examples of which are listed below. The live stream of the public event, where local community members and stakeholders were invited to meet with the Maasai delegation in Oxford was watched by 16,000 people worldwide.
Media, Podcasts and Film
As an innovative collaborative project, Living Cultures has received extensive local, national and international media coverage. We hope it will continue to function as an example of decoloniality and self-representation.
Maasai Community Feedback in Kenya and Tanzania
Decolonising Cultural Spaces: The Living Cultures Project full-length documentary
Podcast with Samwel Nangiria, Laura Van Broekhoven and Nick Lunch
Podcast with Evelyn Paraboy Kaney and Juliana Naini Mashati
BBC Swahili prime news
Livestream Public Event
Living Cultures Maasai Elders 2017
BBC Samwel Nangiria interview 2018
Guardian article 2018
Maasai Living Cultures Project 2019
Insightshare 'Living Cultures: Decolonising Cultural Spaces' webpage
Media coverage 2020