The films were produced as part of the ongoing Maasai Living Cultures project.
After visiting the Pitt Rivers Museum in 2017 and 2018, Maasai delegates felt compelled to address the issue of museums containing objects of great cultural or spiritual value that were collected from Indigenous communities under the violence of colonialism. Upon returning home and communicating this discovery with Maasai communities in East Afrika, a complex process was subsequently triggered by the Maasai, alongside Insightshare and the Pitt Rivers Museum, to begin rectifying these historical inaccuracies and sensitivities. Maasai families and wider communities initiated discussions amongst themselves, their ancestors and spirits, and dialogue continued between the PRM and the Maasai. Subsequent funding enabled these films to be produced as part of a set of learning resources at the Pitt Rivers, and one way to begin repairing relationships between the Maasai and the descendants of those responsible for violence inflicted on Maasai communities. Within these participatory videos, the Maasai are able to speak authentically, telling their own truths and stories in order to present their living culture.
Over the years since this initial visit of the Maasai delegation to the Pitt Rivers Museum, a new regional network has emerged in Kenya and Tanzania, the Pan-African Living Cultures Alliance, enabling more communities to document, through the use of participatory video, their knowledge systems, cultural systems, crafts, languages and traditional technologies.