Another Kind of Warrior: Maasai Art and Lifestyle

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling
Grade Level: 3 - 12
Scheduling Request

In the Maasai tribes of Tanzania and Kenya, “warriors” are guardians of the people who protect the cattle, on which so much of their life depends, from lions and other predators. The honor of being a warrior comes with many duties, trials and challenges. With striking photography, traditional dress and artifacts, stories, songs and a little bit of traditional dance, Tanzanian Maasai Warrior Isaya Oleporuo brings students into the world of his tribesmen. They will learn about the roles of children, warriors, women and elders, about driving and protecting the herd and about rain dances and other ceremonies and traditions. For the Maasai, arts are very much woven into the fabric of everyday life, from the symbolism of their tattoos and clothing, to the beads they make and sell, to the songs they use in herding, and the dances they use in their ceremonial celebrations. Isaya shows students not only the culture but also the place of the arts in daily Maasai life.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 200
Curriculum Connection: Maasai Art and Culture, Respect, Community, Leadership

Single Show: $550
Back-To-Back: $935
Three-In-A-Row: $1,320
Travel Fee: based upon mileage

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

One reserved parking space
1 bottle of water
Projector and screen
Hook-ups for laptop (performer uses a slideshow)
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 20 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts artist.

Limited availability, please contact YAMA.

1 artist (double the mileage calculated below to account for initial and return trips)