"When I want to sell or kill a cow, I slaughter it for the meat… When it comes to an antelope, you need a committee of white men!" —Maasai herder
The Maasai of Kenya and Namibia’s Himba—two of the oldest cattle cultures on earth—are emerging from a century of “white man’s conservation,” which turned their lands into off-limits game reserves. Now, with a new model of conservation, African wildlife is back in their hands and the tribes are vying for a piece of the ecotourism pie. But can poachers become protectors?
“If we had arrived on our own, cameras in hand, we would have been thrown out. You can hardly find a spot on earth where film crews haven’t been. And if they’re extremely remote places, film producers are that much more attracted to them.”
“Most of us see Africa through a haze of reportage about wars, AIDS, poverty and corruption. Rural Africa, in particular, is viewed as backwards and/or romantically pure.” More>>