One of Them (Paperback)
A unique look into one of the most fascinating tribes in Africa, through Western eyes.
Eti Dayan, researcher and tour guide, used to visit a Maasai village during her trips to Kenya.
When Dayan is invited to attend a traditional wedding at the village, she undergoes a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A few months later, she receives a small note informing her that her Maasai hostess, No'oltwati, has fallen gravely ill.
Dayan decides to fly back to Kenya, and use creative ways to save No'oltwati's life.
During her stay in the village, she falls in love with the members of the tribe. She is given a Maasai name, Nayolang, One of Us, and is invited to build her home in the village.
One of Them tells the story of the amazing life of Eti Dayan which became and unexpectedly interlaced with those of the Maasai people in Kenya. Through Dayan's Western perspective, the reader is allowed a rare peek into the culture of one of the world's most unique ethnic groups.
In a tone lush with honesty and grace, with impressive knowledge and great charm, Dayan relates wonderful stories we have not yet read about the Maasai daily life, special ceremonies and cultural clashes, while debating questions of belonging, sustenance, parenthood, ownership, sexuality, male and female circumcision, politics, heritage, hunting and more.