2021 Wisdom Treasure Award Recipient Salaton Ole Ntutu (Maasai-Kenya)

Sacred Fire Foundation is deeply honored to present the 10th annual Wisdom Treasure Award to Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu for his life’s purpose in nurturing a thriving Maasai culture that celebrates and manifests its Ancestral traditions, as he encourages the next generation of leaders.

2021 Wisdom Treasure Award Recipient Salaton Ole Ntutu (Maasai-Kenya)

Sacred Fire Foundation is deeply honored to present the 10th annual Wisdom Treasure Award to Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu for his life’s purpose in nurturing a thriving Maasai culture that celebrates and manifests its Ancestral traditions, as he encourages the next generation of leaders.

Salaton Ole Ntutu (Maasai-Kenya) is the Cultural Chief and Elder in his African village of Maji Moto. Recognized as a warrior, shaman, and visionary leader of his semi-nomadic tribe, he is often asked to travel with others to protect them. He was born and raised in the heart of the African savannah, and was chosen as a young child to receive the spiritual knowledge of his Ancestors.

 

He left his family at age 14 to begin his warriorship, which involved surviving in the wild African bush for more than 7 years. Living among wild animals with nothing but his blanket and spear, Salaton developed the survival skills he was taught as a young boy. He is blessed with spiritual and energetic gifts that allow him to have a strong connection to people and nature. 

Dedicated to keeping his culture alive and thriving, Salaton is a key partner and advisor for international non-profit organizations that support the Narok region. He champions self-sustaining initiatives in the areas of employment, water, women’s rights, education, conservation, and tourism through organizations he has helped to found.

 

Enkiteng Lepa, is a community-based organization that protects cultural values, ceremonies, and traditions, while working to eliminate harmful practices such as female circumcision and early marriage, and promote the importance of and access to education. Community projects include a primary school, a health clinic, and Medungi Conservation, a protected land for holy and medicinal plants and trees, and cultural ceremonies, and wildlife.

Through Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp, conceived of in 2009, Salaton can fund these progressive projects and share the value of his Tribe’s traditions. The camp engages the Maasai youth and community with meaningful work directly related to their traditional identity, and educates tourists about the Maasai culture. 

 

A lifelong dream for Salaton is to demonstrate to the Maji Moto community and to the Kenyan government that people can thrive by simultaneously preserving traditions and respecting the natural world, and while doing so can increase awareness of the criticality of Indigenous wisdom for all humankind.

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