National Geographic : 1954 Oct
© National Geographic Society 517 Ektachromes by the Edgar M. Queeny-American Museum of Natural History Expedition Warriors Burst into a Running Dance as a Spectacle Changes Tempo This ceremonial dance, performed only at unotos, starts slowly with elaborate tableaus (below and opposite); then suddenly the men break ranks, prancing and jumping across open fields. Elders shout and blow on kudu horns, sole musical instruments of the Masai, meanwhile clapping and waving their hands to sustain the rhythm. Masai never dance to drums (page 490). Flowing capes of bright calico purchased from Arab and Indian traders enhance the pageantry. Colorful cloaks also serve as banners (left). Warriors wear cherished lion-mane and ostrich-plume headdresses (page 497) and attach jingling bells to legs. Sticks substitute for spears.