My Maasai life : from suburbia to savannah /
Robin Wiszowaty.
Toronto : Me to We Books ; Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2009.
xiv, 274 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
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Toronto : Me to We Books ; Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2009.
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" My Maasai Lifeis Wizowaty's account of growing up in bland, suburban Midwestern comfort and longing for a more vivid reality."
"Of all the things that Ms. Wizowatyfound in the Kenyan savannah, peace is clearly the most important. Stark differences between cultures, customs, ways of life, between herself and her parents -- all concern about them seems to have evaporated in the African Sun."
"The family she lived with named her Naserian, 'Person of Peace.'The women taught her to make tea on a wood fire and to cook ugali (maize porridge) and cabbage. She learned to speak Swahili and a bit of the Maasai dialect. She formed a close bond with a neighbor, a young herdsman, who was going to school and supporting relatives while beating back poverty and disease. Wiszowatylived as a Maasai daughter, lowering her head so the elders could touch it in greeting."
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Main Description
Opportunity isn't a chance; it's a choice. The choices we make are what ultimately define the paths our lives will take.
Main Description
A memoir of a girl's choice to leave childhood comforts behind to live in her adoptive country of Kenya. Growing up in suburban Illinois, Robin Wiszowaty never pictured herself living with an impoverished Maasai family in rural Kenya. Yet in her early twenties Wiszowaty embarked on an incredible journey that would shake her from complacency, take her to unimaginable locales, and change her life forever. My Maasai Life follows Wiszowaty's remarkable voyage as she explores some of the most remote areas of East Africa and has her eyes opened to the diverse issues facing the fascinating Maasai people. "
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. xiii
My Ordinary Lifep. 1
Culture Shock in Nairobip. 17
My New Familyp. 31
Finding My Wayp. 45
Samuelp. 61
Chop Wood, Carry Waterp. 81
Traditions in Changep. 99
Researchp. 111
A Boma of My Ownp. 133
"Go with Peace"p. 151
Back in Americap. 161
Return to Kenyap. 175
Faithp. 191
Lives in the Balancep. 205
My Maasai Lifep. 225
What's Next?p. 247
Notes and Background Informationp. 253
Thinking Furtherp. 261
Questions for Discussionp. 264
Acknowledgementsp. 266
About Free The Children / Me to Wep. 268
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