A site in Kenya studied by Bruner. Ranch is built by British Mayers family, and tourist business is created to increase their income.
Development, green lawns emerging from mud huts and brown dust, symbolizes contrasting British "civilization" in Africa. The lawn is a sanctuary for tourists.
Tour includes a privately produced performance organized by local entrepreneurs.
Transportation requires 50 minutes by car over dirt roads.
Staged Authenticity - Production includes chanting and carrying spears, and hides outside influences and manufactured objects. Presents these Maasai as timeless and ahistorical. Show is carefully produced, with no signs of modernity in the show, and only handmade Maasai objects are sold as souvenirs. Set up from a colonial subject position, provides 19th century narrative of strong warriors.
Shut down as it is offensive to many Kenyans. Ultimately disrespectful and invasive to Maasai people, catering to tourist desires to observe a frozen, primitive, colonialist portrayal.
Genre is tourist realism.