Visit Natives’ Webinar Series
Indigenous Wisdom and Bush Medication:
Introduction to Holistic Healing in
Contemporary Maasai Culture
A case study from the Ngrongoro Conservation Area
”When I was a child, Maasai cured all the diseases with bush plants. If I had malaria, my father collected a particular plant from savanna, and he boiled it in hot water. Then I drank it, and fewer were gone the next day.” says Olopiro, who is a native Maasai from Ngorongoro Conservation Area. He spent his childhood following his father’s footsteps, who was a laiboni, a respected Maasai spiritual leader and a medicine man. Olopiro was the oldest son, and he came to know many bush plants and how his father used them to cure people.
When Olopiro became a Maasai warrior, he spent his warriorhood in Ngorongoro Conservation Area as well, learning essential skills in how Maasai live in balance with wild animals and nature. What can we learn from Indigenous healing traditions? Maasai people have successfully used bush medicine and holistic healing for thousands of years. Many of these practices continue to be used today. Maasai wisdom is oral, and this indigenous knowledge is passed from generation to generation. Join our webinar with Olopiro and discover the art of indigenous wisdom and holistic healing.
Understand the holistic concept of indigenous health and well-being
Explore different methods of healing practices in Maasai culture
Learn how Maasai use medicinal plants and their curative powers
Understand the role of traditional healers
Areas of focus
Cultural healing beliefs and Maasai wisdom
Maasai concept of health doesn’t mean the physical wellbeing of an individual only. Holistic health refers to the social, emotional, and cultural wellbeing of the whole Maasai community.
Bush medicine is used by most traditional healers in the prevention and treatment of a variety of illnesses. It’s primarily plant-based, using native barks, food, seeds and leaves as remedies. Bush medicine is made and applied in a variety of ways. It can be crushed, heated, boiled, smoked, inhaled and applied to directly to the skin
Laiboni - Maasai traditional healer
Indigenous community members place great faith in traditional healers, many believing they can cure many ills, be they mental, spiritual, or physical. Laiboni is a traditional Maasai healer and a medicine man who uses bush medicine. The curative powers the Maasai laiboni rely on are no bush voodoo. Instead, they use medicinal plants. The herbs are used in humans and animals for a wide range of illnesses.
Maasai wisdom recognizes the value of our natural world and the importance of community.
How we give back?
Visit Natives' mission is to preserve indigenous cultures trough small scale sustainable tourism that benefits the indigenous people directly. The majority of the payments go to the Maasai community. The webinar series is designed and presented by the Maasai from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. As Visit Natives has canceled all the tours this spring due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we continue supporting the Maasai to get additional income from online learning courses.
We also support the broader Maasai community by purchasing health insurance for Maasai families. With every purchase of the webinar series, one Maasai family gets health insurance.
Register this webinar series, and you become part of an effort to preserve indigenous wisdom, improve their socio-economic conditions, and to protect the fragile nature. Your purchase can change someone's life for the better.