FILM: THE HUNT FOR MEDALS, NOT LIONS : THE FIRST MAASAI OLYMPICS
The Menye Layiok, or "cultural fathers", & Big Life Foundation have created a history-changing alternative to lion killing: an organised Maasai sports competition based upon traditional warrior skills.
Instead of lion killing to compete for recognition, express bravery, impress women and identify leaders, this one of a kind conservation program was first held in 2012 and hailed as a success.
“In truth, this program is very successful and we are now doing something honourable. We used to celebrate lion hunting but this program has shown us a better celebration.”
Iltuati Maasai Warrior
“Today, not a single lion was killed and no one was hurt . . . yet you warriors walked away with over 5 million shillings of benefits. What we saw was the energy of our young warriors being channeled away from lion hunting toward trophy hunting."
"This Maasai Olympics has been the greatest celebration of Maasai culture I have ever attended.”
Katoo Ole Metito (Maasai)
Minister of Internal Security
Government of Kenya