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Forest Retreat
Photograph by Randy Olson

Following their warrior initiation by circumcision, Maasai youths of similar ages pass through many stages together before they can eventually become senior elders. At Mesheli in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a group of warriors dance, sing, drink, and eat to celebrate the end of an orpul, a forest retreat. During orpul, which might last weeks, the young men slaughter livestock and feast on meat; elders also teach them about medicinal plants and other traditional cultural practices.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/197 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Fill strobe
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