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Ariaal Warriors, Marsabit District, Kenya, 1999

Photo: Kenyan tribal warriors

Ariaal warriors rest on an outcrop amid the deserts of northern Kenya's Marsabit District. The 10,000 or so Ariaal who inhabit Marsabit have managed to maintain their nomadic way of life in spite of shrinking communal pastures, increasing ethnic tensions, and government pressure to trade their cattle culture for a more mainstream existence.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Vanishing Cultures," August 1999, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Maria Stenzel

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