Another Kind of Warrior: Maasai Art and Lifestyle - cultural arts assemblies - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


Another Kind of Warrior: Maasai Art and Lifestyle

Type: Performance
Art Form: Storytelling & ELA|Exploring Cultures|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: 3 - 12
Scheduling Request

In the Maasai tribes of Tanzania and Kenya, “warriors” are guardians of the people who protect the cattle, on which so much of their life depends, from lions and other predators. The honor of being a warrior comes with many duties, trials and challenges. With striking photography, traditional dress and artifacts, stories, songs and a little bit of traditional dance, Tanzanian Maasai Warrior Isaya Oleporuo brings students into the world of his tribesmen. They will learn about the roles of children, warriors, women and elders, about driving and protecting the herd and about rain dances and other ceremonies and traditions. For the Maasai, arts are very much woven into the fabric of everyday life, from the symbolism of their tattoos and clothing, to the beads they make and sell, to the songs they use in herding, and the dances they use in their ceremonial celebrations. Isaya shows students not only the culture but also the place of the arts in daily Maasai life.

Visiting artist, program available in person.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 200
Curriculum Connection: Maasai Art and Culture, Respect, Community, Leadership

Single Performance: $750
Additional Performances: $600
Travel: $75 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts



  • One reserved parking space
  • 1 bottle of water
  • Projector and screen
  • Hook-ups for laptop (performer uses a slideshow)

Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes

Strike time: 20 minutes

Time needed between performances: 15 minutes.

Teachers are asked to model appropriate audience behavior for students.

Please introduce the performer as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts artist.

Visiting artist, available for performances in New England February 10-20, 2024.