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Anthropology 221/Africana Studies 221: Anthropology in East Africa: Culture Change Among the Maasai
Eluwai boma, Tanzania; Karatu, Tanzania; Ketumbeine boma, Tanzania; Monduli, Tanzania; Nguruma Village, Tanzania; Oldoinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: J-Term (1st Round),
J-Term (2nd Round)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Lang. of Instruction: English Program Type: J-Term 2
Max. Enrollment: 9 Academic Dept: Anthropology
No. of Credits: 4 All College Req(s): HBSSM-Human Behavior, Social Science Methods, Intcl-Intercultural
Immersion: IS-Internatonal Studies
Program Description:
INSTRUCTOR:  Lori Stanley (Anthropology)

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Course Description: 
The Maasai pastoralists of Tanzania and Kenya are experiencing rapid culture change in response to global, national, and local forces. In this course we will study “traditional” Maasai culture and examine the ways in which the Maasai of northern Tanzania are adapting to changing social, political, economic, and environmental conditions. Topics to be explored include the shift from herding to agropastoralism; the tension between traditional and formal modes of education; the adoption of Christianity in place of or alongside traditional religion; changes in coming-of-age rituals; cultural dimensions of health, illness and healing; challenges to traditional gender ideology; the Maasai relationship to their environment; and the impacts of ecotourism, cultural tourism, and wildlife conservation programs on the pastoral way of life. From bases near the city of Arusha and the small town of Monduli, students will interact with Maasai people in urban and rural marketplaces; in schools, medical facilities, and places of worship; and at Maasai bomas (family compounds) in the bush. We will also visit the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area and the Oldoinyo Lengai volcano and pilgrimage routes in order to explore the tension between pastoralism, wildlife conservation programs, and tourism.
Estimated Cost: $4,400-$4,750
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs:$200
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