Portraits from Rivers of Change: Kurya Communities on the Mara River in Tanzania

The following images were taken in 2016 in the Lower Mara River Basin of Tanzania. These portraits of local people are mostly Kurya ethnicity, a minority group of mainly cattleherders who live across the border of Tanzania and Kenya. During fieldwork, my team visited people in their traditional villages in this remote part of Tanzania. The World Bank is proposing water development along the Mara River to include dams in Kenya and an irrigation scheme with a water diversion in Tanzania that will displace about 11,000 people. This proposed change to the Mara River flow can alter life for the Kurya and critical ecosystems in the Serengeti National Park and the Mara Wetlands, and impacts may be further reaching into Lake Victoria.

Kurya Community Leader

Kurya Community Leader

Musoma Market Seller No. 1

Musoma Market Seller No. 1

This woman runs a shop that sells baskets and other woven items made from natural fibers.

Musoma Market Seller No. 2

Musoma Market Seller No. 2

Farmer's Son No. 1

Farmer's Son No. 1

Farmer's Son No. 2

Farmer's Son No. 2

Kurya Girl

Kurya Girl

Kurya Twin Girls

Kurya Twin Girls

Fish Inspectors

Fish Inspectors

Fishers No. 1

Fishers No. 1

Women fishing in the Mara Wetlands

Today's Catch

Today's Catch

Women fishing in the Mara Wetlands

Fisher No. 3

Fisher No. 3

Lake Victoria Fisherman

Fisher No. 4

Fisher No. 4

Lake Victoria Fisherman

Fisher No. 5

Fisher No. 5

Lake Victoria Fisherman

Kurya Woman No. 1

Kurya Woman No. 1

Nyasarura, Serengeti District, Tanzania

Kurya Woman No. 2

Kurya Woman No. 2

Nyasarura, Serengeti District, Tanzania

Kurya Woman No. 3

Kurya Woman No. 3

Mugumu, Serengeti District, Tanzania

Kurya Woman No. 4

Kurya Woman No. 4

Kurya Woman No. 5

Kurya Woman No. 5

Grandmother minds this baby while the mother is in the fields farming.

Kurya Woman No. 6

Kurya Woman No. 6

Herder No. 1

Herder No. 1

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 1

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 1

Fishermen's Camp, near Musoma Town, Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 2

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 2

Fishermen's Camp, near Musoma Town, Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Lake Victoria Swimmers No. 3

Lake Victoria Swimmers No. 3

Fishermen's Camp, near Musoma Town, Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 4

Lake Victoria Swimmer No. 4

Mara Gold Miner No. 1

Mara Gold Miner No. 1

Artisanal Gold Miner in Tarime District, Tanzania

Farmer's Daughters No. 1

Farmer's Daughters No. 1

Tarime District, Tanzania

Listeners No. 1

Listeners No. 1

Musoma Town, Lake Victoria, Tanzania

Listeners No. 2

Listeners No. 2

Firewood Hauler

Firewood Hauler

Lake Victoria Farmer No. 1

Lake Victoria Farmer No. 1

Farmer irrigating food crops. Musoma Bay, Tanzania

Lake Victoria Farmer No. 2

Lake Victoria Farmer No. 2

Mara Farmer No. 3

Mara Farmer No. 3

Clothes Washer

Clothes Washer

Kurya Man No. 1

Kurya Man No. 1

Agricultural Officer

Kurya Man No. 2

Kurya Man No. 2

Kurya Man No. 3

Kurya Man No. 3

This man took time out of his day to accompany our team in Nyasurura.

Kurya Man No. 4

Kurya Man No. 4

Farmer & Storyteller No. 1

Farmer & Storyteller No. 1

This farmer told our team local folklore stories about the Mara River.

Farmer & Storyteller No. 2

Farmer & Storyteller No. 2

This farmer told our team local folklore stories about the Mara River.

Working Hands

Working Hands

Fisherman meets Scientist

Community Water Tap

Community Water Tap

Women Hauling Water

Women Hauling Water

TZA_16_KuryaWomen

TZA_16_KuryaWomen

TZA_16_KuryaFarmer

TZA_16_KuryaFarmer

TZA_16_Waterhauling

TZA_16_Waterhauling

Kurya People

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© 2015 by Jennifer Veilleux

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