The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists in north-central Kenya, numbering over 250,000 in an area roughly 21,000 square km. A cousin to the Massai, they are a network of communities with deep reliance on livestock and tribal way of life.
The Samburu were isolated from the rest of Kenya until a few years after independence in 1964. Their land was never a part of the highlands previously inhabited by European settlers and ranchers. This allowed their culture and traditions to remain intact.
Conservative by nature, the Samburu protected the customs of their ancestors over the decades, keeping the impact of the modern world at bay. This is changing rapidly through drifts into cities, widespread education, and increase in public transport and mobile networks. The effects of climate change and multiple droughts are also impacting Samburu communities to rely on access to clean water through government and NGO aid.
This series is a part of a long-term project documenting everyday life and transitions within two Samburu villages.