The story behind the art
The center image features Maasai warriors alongside Big Tim, the elephant, Africa’s last and largest tusker, who died in 2019 of natural causes. As poachers killed Tim’s mother, the Maasai honored his mother by taking every step to protect Big Tim. Over the years, not only did they share the same land with Tim, they grew to love him.
The outer circles of Maasai beadwork in this piece represent the whole of Maasai culture, embodying beauty, strength, tradition, marriage, warriorhood, age, social status and a deep affinity for the environment. For the Maasai people, the beadwork, created solely by the Maasai women, captures their entire world.
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