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World Geography and Culture: Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa

East Africa includes Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

Kenya

Orphaned baby elephants in the Daphne Scheldrick Santurary of Nairobi Park.
World Food Cafe 
by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott

We ate Sukuma Wiki, which in Kenyan literally means “stretch the week.” I am not a fan of kale, so I wasn't sure about this dish, but I LOVED it. I got the recipe from Global Table Adventure, and I loved the way she presents the recipe.

"...First, fly to Kenya and pick up some produce at the local market..."

Shopping at Kenyan markets. Photos by Ryan Harvey and Angela Sevin

Sak means a spiced vegetable dish, and this dish is a mild curry.


We also tasted Sweet Potatoes and Celery in Mung Dal (Yellow Split Peas).



Tanzania and Zanzibar

We enjoyed sampling Zanzibar Beans in Coconut Sauce. We served fish with this dish, as it is served traditionally in Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.

"Zanzibar, politically part of Tanzania, owes its cooking traditions more to Arab and European colonialism and to Indian traders than tot mainland East Africa." -World Food Cafe

Masai

A Masai tribesman on the edge of the Rift Valley in Tanzania.
World Food Cafe
by Chris and Carolyn Caldicott

Alex did this art project of a Maasai using crayons and tempera paint.
Kenyan Maasai shave their heads and wear many many layers of beaded necklaces and earrings. 

We listened to the East Africa song from Geography Songs.


Nairobi, Kenya is the biggest city. The Indian Ocean is on the coast. The highest mountain is Kilimanjaro. The biggest lake is Victoria.



books:

  • Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse is a story about the unconditional love between a father and a child. It is set in a Maasai village and provides a lot of information about Maasai culture through the simple story. It also has a glossary in the back of the book that gives further information about the Maasai.

sources: 
World Geography and Culture
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3 comments:

  1. Food, music, art, and literature...I really do love the way you're studying Africa. I'm learning just reading along :)

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  2. Alex's art looks great! (Don't you just love Global Table Adventures? Such a great site and resource)

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  3. I love his Massai artwork project.

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