Ewaso Village: Poems, Stories and Photographs from Laikipia County, Kenya

The Maasai people of East Africa comprise one of the most intriguing and resourceful cultures on the planet.

By Stacy M. BrownNNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

Filmmaker, photojournalist, writer, poet and acclaimed humanitarian, Chip Duncan takes readers on a tour of Laikipia County, Kenya in his new release, “Ewaso Village: Poems and Stories”.

The SelectBooks, Inc. offering provides a bird’s-eye view of Ewaso Village in a unique publication that incorporates stunning color imagery – the product of Duncan’s background as a seasoned photojournalist – and his literary sensibility. poignant as a poet and memoirist.

“All of this focuses on a community in southern Kenya, the village of Ewaso, which has become an important place of spiritual connection for the author over the years of his travels,” according to a press release.
The book’s editors noted that the Maasai people of East Africa comprise one of the most intriguing and resourceful cultures on the planet.

“For over a thousand years, the Maasai and their Samburu neighbors have survived and thrived as pastoralists in the savanna near Mount Kenya and the Maasai Mara border regions of Kenya and Tanzania,” the editors wrote.

“Chip Duncan exuberantly combines prose, poetry and photography to celebrate the stories, songs, rituals and dreams of the people who live in this magical place called Ewaso Village.”

Additionally, those who speak of Ewaso Village with admiration include Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Rubinger Fellow Dasha Kelly Hamilton, who described it as “eloquent and candid, weaving culture and commentary, justice and joy, imagery and intimate impact. Collecting these pieces took me on a journey, not as an insipid tourist, but as a human.

“Enriched with hauntingly beautiful photographs and poetic stories, Ewaso Village offers a richly detailed portrait of a nomadic society known for its centuries-old rituals and dazzling adornments, but a culture mostly hidden from outsiders,” said the filmmaker. and National Geographic author Kevin McCarey.

“In this highly engaging book, Duncan captures the heart and soul of the Maasai – an African tribal people grappling with the challenges of political conflict and climate change.”
Hailing from the Midwest and hailing from western Iowa, Duncan has produced over fifty non-fiction films for international release and distribution.
His work as a photographer and filmmaker has taken him to ice fields, war zones, slums, shipyards, museums, palaces, vineyards, beaches, deserts, rainforests, savannas and agricultural land.

Duncan’s previous books include the short story collection Half A Reason to Die (SelectBooks, NYC, 2017), the photography collections Inspiring Change (Thunder House Press, Milwaukee, 2019) and Enough to Go Around (SelectBooks, NYC, 2009).
Duncan also speaks publicly about the impact of climate change as part of the three tenors of climate change.

Ewaso Village is Duncan’s first book featuring his poetry and the first in a trilogy featuring indigenous cultures from around the world.

Stewart C. Hartline