|Maasai Paintings at Moru Kopjes, Serengeti NP|
|Gong Rocks, Moru Kopj|
Some things are obvious - such as the paintings featured above at Moru Kopjes in Serengeti. These are relatively recent Maasai paintings, but despite their recent history I can't find anything particularly informative about them - some speculation here, and some hints they may be a circumcision site. Anyone with any better information to share (if you know a source, even better, but I suspect the stories must still be available in living memory...)? Such sites obviously provide an opportunity to talk about how the idea of wilderness areas and safari sites as being without people are a moden (mostly colonial) myth - people have been present in wildlife areas in Africa for as long as there have been recognisable 'people'. I think this is an issue that can generate debate, but I think a lot of visitors to these areas are willing to engage and learn and I think a lot of people are interested to know that what they might have thought of as a 'pristine wilderness' and 'unchanged Africa' is very much a modern invention.
|'Managed' fire in Tarangire NP, June 2011|
|Hadzabe hunter shooting doves, Eyasi, Jan 2011|
|Handzabe baobab peg ladder, Mongo wa Mono, April 2011|
And your conversations about people can be wider than that too - you can point out the berries you can eat (feed people them too!), the uses people have for many of the plants (and animals!), and all the rest. These little pointers about how people still use nature are great and to be exploited - I hope we'll be able to feature some of these stories in more detail on the blog in time (let me know your favourites in the comments, as I love to learn too!).