This article deals with the migration of the Maasai warriors from Northwestern Tanzania to the Island of Zanzibar. Using ethnographic participatory observations, we examined the diverse ways in which tourists, locals, immigrants from the continent, and the Maasai people themselves, experience the presence of the Maasai on the island. Specifically, their participation in the tourism industry as souvenir sellers, workers in the sex industry, and as paid guards. We claim that the Maasai presence is manifested by material elements drawn from their cultural repertoire marking the mas "Maasai", such as red capes, swords, clubs, and jewelry. Besides traditional, or neo-traditional elements, the Maasai use modern smartphones, sunglasses, and social media. We claim that the practice combining traditional and hyper-modern materiality disrupts the touristic dichotomies:Foreign vs. local, hosts vs. guests, authentic vs. fake. The subversive presence of the Masai people and their contact with other local groups and tourists are ambivalent and disturbing. In turn, the dynamic scene of modern tourism forces tourists and locals in Zanzibar to question definitions,social maneuvering, and meanings assigned to tourism.
|Translated title of the contribution||'Selfie' with the Maasai: Tourists, Migrant Workers and Locals in Zanzibar|
|Number of pages||27|
|State||Published - 2022|