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Photo: Datoga mud hut, © Rita Willaert
Datooga people believe in spirits, but part of their tribe follows Islam and Christianity. Blacksmith's work is a craft the tribe makes their living - men forge spears for hunting and also metal rings to sell tourists as souvenirs.
Photo: Iron spears and accesories, © Rita Willaert
Plural marriage is a common thing for Datooga people as they want to have many children to help around the house. Their lifestyle is patriarchal: women do mundane things, men tend cattle and bring food. Women wear bright clothing and bead, metal and lead jewelry. Also they wear sandals made of old car tyres. They make pattern-like scars around eyes on faces.
Photo: © Rita Willaert
Specific stigma made on the head on the first month of living differentiate Datooga people from Maasai tribe.
How to do?
2. You need a guide to talk to the people - you can hire one in Arusha for $50. The excursion takes about one hour. You can stay overnight in a camp spot on the territory of the national park or in a lodge of the conservation area.
Where to do?
The shallow salt lake is a 3-hour drive westward from Arusha; it is at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley. Entrance for tourists is fee-paying (you should haggle). Hadza and Datooga people inhabit the bank of the lake.3