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Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
Collection Photographer:
Elisofon, Eliot  Search this
1 Slide (col.)
Maasai (African people)  Search this
Archival materials
Color slides
Scope and Contents:
"The Maasai (Masai) are unique among East African pastoralists in their cultural choice to live exclusively of pastoral foods. They attempt to subsist on a diet solely consisting of the milk, meat and blood of their domestic stock. Their dietary ideal excludes, and their entire culture strongly devaluates, all plants food and game meat." [Kaj Arhem, 1987: Milk, Meat and Blood. Working Papers in African Studies, University of Uppsala.]. "Pure pastoralism is no longer a reality for most Maasai. More and more the traditional milk and meat diet occasionally supplemented with blood is being combined with maize, potatoes, beans and other vegetable foods. The main reason for this is that because of population growth, environmental degradation and land alienation, Maasai are no longer able to keep enough animals to feed themselves." [Klumpp D., 1987: Maasai Art and Society:Age and Sex, Time and Space, Cash and Cattle. U.M.I Dissertation Service]. This photograph was taken when Eliot Elisofon was on assignment for Life magazine and traveled to Africa from August 18, 1959 to December 20, 1959.
Local Numbers:
M 4 MSI 41 EE 59
Title is provided by EEPA staff based on photographer's notes.
Local Note:
57938 13
Frame value is 16.
Slide No. M 4 MSI 41 EE 59
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment. Contact Archives staff for more details.
Collection Rights:
Permission to reproduce images from the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives must be obtained in advance. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Cattle -- Africa  Search this
Clothing and dress -- Africa  Search this
Body arts  Search this
Hairstyles -- Africa  Search this
Calabashes  Search this
Color slides
Collection Citation:
Eliot Elisofon Field Collection, EEPA 1973-001, Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
EEPA.1973-001, Item EEPA EECL 11051
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Archival Repository:
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives, National Museum of African Art