We are thrilled that our Maasai partners have recently visited us in the UK to launch an exciting new Living Cultures initiative.

Living Cultures

One year ago, Samwel Nangiria joined us to work together with indigenous partners from Nagaland (India) and Mexico to start to build a network of indigenous-led participatory video hubs. As part of this, Pitt Rivers Museum kindly hosted an event: Stories of Solidarity and Resilience, moderated by Guardian journalist George Monbiot. Museum Director Laura van Broekhoven also arranged for the group to meet curators and interact with objects from their respective regions. And this is what planted the seeds for Living Cultures.

Just Happened - Maasai elders visited the UK

Living Cultures is a unique collaboration between Oxford University Pitt Rivers Museum and InsightShare, that brought five Maasai elders and leaders from Tanzania and Kenya to the UK for two weeks in November 2018 to realign narratives from the colonial past and relate them to the continuous struggles of the present.

Living Cultures opens an unprecedented space for collaboration and knowledge sharing through a series of activities that will explore new ways to address their struggles, together.

What did we do?

  • 19 – 22 November: our Maasai guests worked with curators to transform how indigenous living cultures are represented in the museum, as part of Pitt Rivers Museum’s ‘Origins and Futures’ programme.
  • 22 November, 6-9pm: Maasai Stories – Redress and Resilience (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University).
    An evening event of discussion, film screenings and presentation drawing on the week’s collaborations.
  • 26 – 28 November: 42 Acres Retreat in Somerset brought together Masaai activists with international allies to co-create a Living Cultures program.
  • 28 November, 6-9pm: Maasai Stories: Redress and Resilience (The Building Centre, London).  An evening event to launch the next phase of Living Cultures. Maasai leaders shared the stage with acclaimed human rights activist Pauliina Feodoroff, a Sami indigenous campaigner from Finland, and Laura Van Broekhoven, Director of Pitt Rivers Museum to confront our imperial past and bring the Maasai story up to date.

Who came?

  • Samwel Nangiria – Maasai activist and Director of NGO-Net,  Loliondo, Tanzania
  • Maasai Elders and Community Leaders, Loliondo, Tanzania
  • Scholastica Ene Kukutia – Women’s rights activist, Kenya
  • Paulina Feodoroff – Sámi Campaigner, Film and Theatre Artist, Finland

Living Cultures Introduction Video

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