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The mother is envisioning her sons' future. He is about to be taken out of her care and subject to the rigors of his Rites of Passage' of which she knows he is not ready for. In this unusual situation this Maasai child shows such a high degree of potential that the elders want to groom him as a prince at an alarmingly young age. 'No Not My SON get out of my world'. She shows anger, attitude, and an energy that pulverizes the otherwise pleasasnt hues. Notice the dried tears. But no more tears. The elders should have gotten a clue that she is a strong female, just look at her endless rows of meticulously hand-threaded beadwork. She is in a quadrant that is undisciplined, but the elders want conformity to the mores of tradition. A quest for compromise, and an answer to the dilemma.
A bottom fifth of the portraits' tones are giving us an insight into diplomaciy and subtle transition.
Even though she prays, politics shows it ugly head. How would the viewer solve this issue?
September 14th, 2009
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