National Geographic : 1911 Jan
WILD MAN AND WILD BEAST IN AFRICA The purely negro tribes, the tribes of pronounced negro type, throughout East Africa, were for the most part agricul turalists. Whenever we came upon a region where the people lived in beehive huts and tilled the ground, we were cer tain to find a nearly pure negro type; but there has been all through that country for ages an infiltration of northern races. I cannot speak of these races with ethnic exactness, because n o one can; and the linguis tic and racial types often fail to correspond. But you will understand what I mean when I say that they are of dark Arab type, being either black or a very dark brown or yellow, but of the northern type of features. These races have come down from the north and have mixed with the negro type - with the negro aboriginals. But the mixed race has kept some curious points of unlikeness to the sur rounding natives. Wher ever you meet a pastoral Photo tribe you will find men many of whom show MASAI V traces of this northern origin-many of whom have clear-cut, aquiline features; and those men you never find living in beehive huts. They live in queer square huts placed in a ring, making what we would call in the West a big corral-a big ring fence in which their cattle are kept. The pastoral tribes which we met north of the Guaso Nyero had camels, and north of these are tribes which own horses. But the Nandi, Ma sai, and other tribes south of them have by J. Alden Loring. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons -I TH A STRETCHING STONE IN HIS EAR neither camels nor horses; they own large herds of cattle, with donkeys, goats, and hairy sheep. They do not till the soil; they live exclusively on meat, blood,- and milk. I hate to shock the vegetarians, but I am bound !to say that those people, who never eat anything but meat, blood, and milk, are as hearty and strong a set of people as I have ever seen in my life. Many of the Masai and Nandi are particularly fine looking.