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A Seat at the Cultural Table: The Maasai Stool

The Maasai… one of the most popular indigenous tribes in Africa and in the world. Guardians of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti plains. They bring us, the legendary Maasai stool. You might not think of a simple wooden stool as a work of art, but the Maasai stools of East Africa certainly qualify. For the Maasai people, these stools represent an integral part of their cultural heritage and a long tradition of skilled woodcarving. When you see an antique Maasai stool, you're looking at a functional sculpture that has supported generations of people over decades, even centuries, of daily use. Source The stools come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all share certain characteristics that make...

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