UM to host Maasai speaker from Kenya

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2006


A member of Kenya&8217;s Maasai tribe will deliver a presentation on the culture of the Maasai at the University of Montevallo

on Friday, April 7, at 1 p.m. in Jeter Hall room 203.

Nicholas Sironka is a renowned Batik artist, whose paintings illustrate various facets of Maasai life.

The Maasai tribe is known for its red clothing and elaborate beadwork as well as its warriors&8217; spectacular jumping contests.

Sironka led the Friends of Sironka dance troop that performed at Montevallo in 2004.

Samples of Sironka&8217;s art work can be viewed at

This page also links to information on a humanitarian organization called Enkishon Nataana, founded by Sironka to promote Maasai community development and to assist Maasai girls to attend school.

People interested in sponsoring a Maasai girl may contact Sironka.

The presentation is sponsored by the concert and lecture series committee and the department of behavioral and social sciences