MCV is committed to supporting the Maasai cultural custodians to manage their own archives and conduct their own ethnographic documentation to recover their own cultural patrimony from colonial institutions and share their own narratives to the world.
My Chosen Vessels (MCV) Maasai Media Team of Ilkisonko cultural custodians has been documenting the Maasai traditional knowledge for the past 9 years to preserve their cultural knowledge systems for the Maasai people and to educate a broader global audience. MCV is working with the Ilaiguenak (Maasai traditional chiefs) from Kenya and Tanzania to document and safeguard Maasai heritage. MCV has been documenting the Iltuati age set throughout the entire process of each stage and rite of passage ceremonies protecting the traditional knowledge including the three male rites of passage ceremonies Enkipaata, Eunoto, and Olng’esherr, that have recently been inscribed on UNESCO’s Urgent Safeguarding List of Intangible Heritage.
MCV is in the final stages of launching a Maasai Cultural Heritage Digital Museum and is opening a physical museum in Amboseli, Kenya in partnership with the Kajiado County Government of Kenya. We have curated exhibits using photography, videography, audio recordings and cultural materials to document sacred dances, chants, ceremonies, rites of passages, language, and traditional knowledge with over 200 high-quality videos and sound recordings.
With your support, MCV will utilize the latest technology of 360-degree cameras to provide a virtual reality immersive up-close look at the rites of passages for the Maasai — taking viewers right into the middle of Maasai land surrounded in the breathtaking landscapes of Mount Kilimanjaro to an important sacred ceremony that only happens every 20 years when a Maasai morans (warrior) undergoes the rituals of becoming a man.
Maasai Cultural Custodians will be trained on 360 camera equipment to film the ceremony and provide viewers a first-person experience.