MCV is excited to establish a Maasai Cultural Heritage Museum and Learning Center in Amboseli, Kenya. The Maasai are known globally for the distinct culture and their customs are rooted in thousands of years of tradition. Preserving Maasai traditional knowledge is not only important in its own right but is also important for the benefits it brings to other people around the world who can learn lessons for living sustainably and celebrate human diversity.
MCV has a collection of artifacts and digital recordings that have been collected by the Maasai chiefs for the past 7 years that will form the foundation of the Maasai curated museum. This museum will allow Maasai cultural bearers to manage their own archives and conduct their own ethnographic documentation to preserve their own cultural patrimony and cultural knowledge systems to educate a broader global audience. The Museum will provide culture-based education honoring Maasai traditions. It will be operated by the Maasai chiefs in Kenya and Tanzania to preserve and teach Maasai culture through a Maasai physical & digital museum.
The importance of establishing a Maasai Cultural Heritage Museum is timely in light of the current world events. The Maasai cultural leaders are striving to safeguard and pass down their traditional knowledge as they stand at the crossroads of globalization. As modernization continues to encroach on the Maasai land and people, their Maasai chiefs have observed with growing alarm the rapid disappearance of their traditional culture. The Museum will provide a platform for the Maasai to share their cultural knowledge to promote cultural diversity and lead intercultural dialogues to help us with new approaches to attaining sustainable development for the betterment of all humanity.