Repurposed Tires

tire sandals
Maasai tire sandals
Maasai Tribesmen
Maasai Tribesmen

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe that move their livestock within ever-shrinking grazing rights of Northern Tanzania and Kenya. Descendants of a fierce warrior nation, today’s Maasai are peaceful and friendly except when it comes to their cattle.

They are easily recognized by their brightly-colored one-piece garments known as kanga, red being a favored color, but blue is also popular.  Sandals, once made of cowhide, are now made from rubber tires.

I thought tire sandals was a relatively new thing, but as my good friend Cliff Claven (barfly know-it-all from “Cheers”) would say, “Ahhh, it’s a little known fact that the Maasai were making sandals from tires as early as the the 1930’s.”  Ernest Hemingway mentions the Maasai footwear in his book, “The Green Hills of Africa”, published in 1935.

Sidenote: Hemingway’s book is an interesting “journal” of his ten week safari.  As a book, I found it absent of plot, climax and ending.   Interesting only because I had been there.  Uggh!

Thought for the Day:  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.   (including books)                                                                                                                                                      Idiom

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