Watch the film, “The Masai Today: Changing Traditions” ( (52:13 min).

Write a 1500 word essay comparing/contrasting the “old” (traditional lifestyle) way of life of the Masai with the “new” evolving way of life (modern lifestyle) as depicted in the film.

As examples, compare and contrast such things as:

  • How more modern Masai people deal with the modern world compared to the traditional members of the tribe.
  • How the traditional Masai people use animals, agriculture, and other means to support themselves is changing.
  • How traditional versus modern Masai view each other.
  • What are the agents of change in Maasai society today?
  • What are the views of traditional versus modern Masai on religion, traditions, ancestors, marriage, the roles of women, where to store wealth, which animals to use, etc.?

The film is the primary source of information for your assignment, but using additional resources should help you write a better paper.

Extra Resources: 

Efferson, C., Vogt, S., Elhadi, A., Ahmed, H. E. F., & Fehr, E. (2015). Female genital cutting is not a social coordination norm. Science349(6255), 1446–1447. (Links to an external site.)

Vest, M. & Schmidt, R. (2010). Masai on the Move [Video]. CultureUnplugged. (Links to an external site.)


  • Vogt, S., Mohmmed Zaid, N., El Fadil Ahmed, H. et al. Changing cultural attitudes towards female genital cutting. Nature 538, 506–509 (2016).