Photographer's Note

How wonderful to dance with abandon, to connect with the rhythm of your people's heartbeat, to experience a sense of belonging to the past, the present and feel the blood rushing, the heart beating towards the future.To dance and forget your people's colonial past, the insults, the believe in oneself once again.

I salvaged this photo from my first trip overseas when I was keen to take slides with my trusty Minolta SRT101.
I cannot recollect where exactly I photographed this group of energetic and authentic dancers.I remember that we visited a large, fine white building, a hotel maybe, built in the English style on a raised terrain covered in green lawn. To the side was a cultural village where these fine people put on a cultural show.

The Kikuyu are Kenya’s largest ethnic group. The Kikuyu (otherwise spelled Gikuyu) tribe settled on the fertile central highlands, which they farm. These areas include the modern day Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Muranga and Thika towns.

The Kikuyu were the most active tribe during the fight for Kenya’s independence. The famous Mau Mau rebellion was mainly composed of Kikuyus. The Mau Mau were lead by Dedan Kimathi who was credited for helping organize resistance which led to defeat of the colonial government. Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president, was a Kikuyu, giving the tribe a major boost politically and economically.

Image scanned from an old slide.

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