Paideia 450: People and Parks: Pastoralism and Conservation in East Africa
Arusha, Tanzania;Eluwai boma, Tanzania;Engare Sero, Tanzania;Karatu, Tanzania;Mbarangati, Tanzania;Monduli, Tanzania;Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania;Nguruma Village, Tanzania;Soit Sambu, Tanzania
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Lang. of Instruction:
Junior/Senior, Paideia 111, 112, Consent of Instructors
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All College Req(s):
Intcl-Intercultural, January Term 2, Paideia 450
Lori Stanley (Anthropology); Kelly Sharp (Africana Studies/History)
This course will examine the tensions between the national parks movement and pastoralist societies through the lens of the Maasai people of northern Tanzania. Of particular interest is how wildlife conservation efforts and ecotourism have impacted the relationship of the Maasai to their environment, in turn causing rapid cultural change such as shifts from herding to agropastoralism and wage labor; modification of coming-of-age rituals; and increasing adoption of formal modes of education and Christianity in place of or alongside traditional modes and beliefs. From bases near the city of Arusha and the small town of Moduli, we will study “traditional” Maasai culture and examine the ways in which the Maasai of northern Tanzania are adapting to changing social, political, economic, and environmental conditions. Students will interact with Maasai people in urban and rural marketplaces; in schools, medical facilities, and places of worship; and at Maasai bomas (multi-family homesteads) in the bush. We will also visit Olduvai Gorge, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and the Oldoinyo Lengai volcano in order to explore points of intersection between wildlife conservation programs, ecotourism, and pastoralist societies.
Estimated Cost: TBD
Estimated Add'l Meal Costs: $150
Travel-specific immunizations may be recommended. Visit with Luther College Health Services.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.