Bazaars, Bracelets, and Stories

Greetings to our friends and supporters!

December has been a busy month for us, as we gear up for the trip to Tanzania in February.

This past weekend we participated in a Bazaar sponsored by Cultural Survival, in Cambridge, MA. Before Isaya came to the U.S., the women from his community in Eluwai, Tanzania, handmade a stockpile of jewelry for him, to help support his efforts with the Warriors Organization. Through events like the Cultural Survival Bazaars, we are selling these unique handmade items.

TWO Maasai jewelry for sale

Our table was full of beautiful bracelets, anklets, and necklaces–a very eye-catching display! The items being sold at the neighboring tables were quite a complement to our goods–we shared a room with folks selling beautiful art from Ecuador, Zimbabwe and India. We had a wonderful time chatting with everyone who came by and with the talented artists and fascinating vendors, not to mention the staff of Cultural Survival themselves–thanks to all who came out!

We are happy to report that we sold a good portion of our inventory, which we are looking forward to replenishing when we head back to Tanzania in January. This time, we hope to collect jewelry from a wider variety of ethnic groups, including some fine metal work from the Datoga and the beaded headbands from the Hadzabe. We’ll keep you posted when it is available!

photo by Derek Yorks

Part of what made our participation in the Cultural Survival Bazaar so valuable was talking to everyone who came by. We all have stories to tell, experiences to share, lessons to impart, curious anecdotes, etc., and we consider ourselves lucky when we have the opportunity to share these things. With technological advances and transportation infrastructures being developed worldwide, it can often seem the world is getting smaller, however, as small as the world can seem, the voices of those we might most need to hear are not always amplified powerfully enough. The many voices of the Maasai don’t always get heard on the streets of Cambridge, MA, and while Isaya (who currently lives in the Boston area) doesn’t speak for every Tanzanian Maasai in the world, he’s got his finger on the pulse of many–not to mention that his story alone is engrossing! We are excited about the prospect of Isaya being invited to speak at a number of institutions, both this past fall and upcoming in the spring.

Taking the time to listen to the stories of those around us, whether they be Maasai warriors, our co-workers, the clerks at the bodegas we visit, our neighbors, our fellow students, our clients, our bosses, our elders, and our sisters and brothers is invaluable and we highly encourage it! It is through these stories and experiences that we come to have compassion and empathy.

If you are interested in having Isaya or anyone from the Warriors Organization speak at your school, event, or community dinner, drop us a line at

Happy holidays to all and thank you for your support!