Journal — Tanzania

The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

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The Symbolic Power of Maasai Beadwork

Prior to contact with Europeans, Maasai women crafted intricate adornments with beads they made from clay, wood, bone, copper, brass, shells, seeds, and dried grasses. Glass beads were introduced in the 19thcentury by Europeans. Beaded jewelry is worn by both men and women. The colors and patterns communicate information about the wearer’s age, social status, marital status and whether they have male or female children. Both men and women wear beaded pendants that signify the age class or generation to which they belong. The colors and arrangements of beads in jewelry and other embellished objects is a symbolic language meant...

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

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A Celebration of Women Entrepreneurs

November 19th is National Entrepreneurs Day and in honor of this day we want to spotlight women entrepreneurs. Folkways Culture Kits has fostered a special interest in the livelihood of women artisans such as the women basket weavers from WomenCraft in Tanzania. Here is the story that WomenCraft shared with us: Hadija lives with her seven children in a remote rural village called Mwivuza in the rolling hills of the Kagera region, one of least developed regions in the northwest of Tanzania. Their traditional mud-house is made from the red soil of the area. Kagera is diverse and rich in...

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