Maasai Warrior Visit

 Maasai Warrior VisitOn Tuesday 20th October, the pupils and staff at Bourne Abbey were treated to a very special visit from the Osiligi Maasai Warriors. The visit was arranged with the help of John Curtin, who has been helping the Kenyan Maasai community of Olepolos since 2003 by bringing a troupe of Warriors to perform in the UK.

We were honoured to be treated to a dance performance like nothing any of the pupils or staff had seen before!  The troupe were traditionally dressed in beaded and bright red costumes.  Dressing in red means blood which represents life and the ladies wore blue which symbolises water.

The dances showcased Maasai history and were enhanced with  authentic Maasai tribal song and prayer.  One of the dances included the amazing, world-famous Maasai jumping, which begins when the Maasai children are young and they compete see to who can jump the highest.

There was also an opportunity for the pupils to ask questions about the Maasai culture and way of life in their village, most of the pupils were fascinated by the jewellery  beadwork.  Year three pupils from Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academy also joined Bourne Abbey to experience this once in a lifetime performance.

The whole day was a magnificent opportunity for the pupils to experience another culture and tradition first hand, gaining an insight into how other communities live in the world.

We would like to thank John and the Osiligi Maasai Warriors for offering us this wonderful day full of excitement and superb learning opportunities.