This scrap of old tire tells a story...

In Kenya, the Maasai like to wear sandals made out of old tires. When they make the sandals, very little of the tire is left unused.

When we were in Kenya in the early 90s, margarine came in cans: Blue Band. Those discarded cans were made into kerosene lanterns.


Peter Matthes said…
The Maasai certainly are resourceful. They also are among the bravest warriors in the world.

When I was a kid, my friend's mom lived in Nairobi. She would tell us stories of the Maasai.

I hope one day I will have a chance to visit Africa. I would love to see Elephants in the wild for a change. You are very lucky to live there.
I found this page linked from another site. I don't hike through wilderness so I've never made them. Tire sandals have more to offer than I'd realized.

They're not very attractive though.
soulreavers said…
The Indians where I grew up in Mexico do the same thing. At least, the traditional ones, and the old guys still stuck in their ways do. They then run in races that go for 40-60 miles up and down canyon walls at 9000 ft elevation. They are insane runners. And they do it on those tire sandals. Nothing to them but old 2ply rubber and a four foot length of leather string.
Nairobi Paul said…
It is amazing what people can do when they don't have the "plenty".

Kenyan runners are the best in the world and are SO skinny. I guess when you do a marathon, the excess gest burnt up pretty quick.
The Lone Beader said…
wow, this is quite interesting. I love to learn things other cultures...
The Pocknalls said…
Whenever I think of that margarine in a can it makes me feel ill. It was so ghastly.

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