The Masai are one of Africa’s oldest and most recognizable tribes. More than a half million of these nomadic people live amidst the unforgiving plains of Tanzania and Kenya. They are known for expertly tending cattle, wearing brightly colored plaid robes and for their ability to jump to incredible vertical heights. These skilled hunters live in compounds comprised of traditional homes, called inkajijik, and handcrafted livestock kraals, made from thorny branches of acacia trees to ward of lions. Ceremonies marking the passage from childhood to adulthood are particularly important for males of this tribe, and include the removal of lower center teeth, which are believe to be the cause of numerous diseases.