Maasai Storytellers, Musicians, Dancers, and Craftsmen to Perform

Published on Mon, October 09, 2017


The University’s music, theatre, and dance department, in partnership with the Embassy of Kenya, will host the Maasai Storytellers, a group of musicians, dancers, and craftsmen, for a performance on Friday, October 13, 2017, in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public.

Six authentic Maasai herdsmen and warriors and two Maasai women will present the age-old traditions of their people from Southern Kenya through dance, storytelling, and music. The Maasai people are widely known for clinging to their traditional way of life, while at the same time embracing modernization. They live alongside wildlife in the northernmost part of the Serengeti. Their livelihoods depend largely on raising cattle, goats, and sheep.

Dressed as they have for centuries, the Maasai will perform in the colorful garments made by the women of their village. They will be carrying finely carved and beaded canes and shields made from animal skins that are used in many ceremonies. The Maasai Storytellers will demonstrate their unique jumping form of dancing, sing in multi-part harmonies, and tell stories of their daily life.

Handmade crafts from the Maasai village will be on display and for sale. Proceeds from the sale of the crafts will help to support critical needs of the life-saving Maasai Water Project, which assists with storing clean water for the remote Maasai villagers. For additional information about the Maasai performance at Marywood University, please call the music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6268, or visit worldartists.org.