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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - dawn, northern Kenya - a while ago now I was asked by a Samburu Moran (warrior ) to hold the back of his young brother during his initiation. I had no idea at the time what this meant, or the significance of it to us both, but I did know it was an incredible honour. I met him this week and we talked briefly before he returned to his friends and football. I made him shoes out of cow hide and fitted them to his feet; he would wear only these for the month of his metamorphosis into a warrior. I struggled to sleep in my tent not quite knowing what to expect, listening to the songs of warriors and initiates from the surrounding villages. At 02.00 I left the tent and in darkness arrived at his hut which was already surrounded by elders singing songs of courage and support, songs that will help him be strong and carry him into manhood. I’d been told what to expect and what I was required to do, but now when for once I was part of the story, and not an observer, it felt oh so very different. I was to hold his back as the nurse circumcised him. He stood on a cow skin at the door of the home that he’d been brought up in. He was blessed and milk poured on to his shaven head causing him to sit abruptly on the skin. I sat behind him, my legs on either side of his body, I placed my left hand over is forehead and eyes and held his head very tightly to my chest. My right hand I held tightly across his chest, my hand on his heart. He couldn’t see the nurse now sitting in front of him, or the elders surrounding us, but he could hear them, and I could see and hear them both. As the nurse skilfully worked his heart exploded under my hand, and then calmed to a steady beat. We lifted him back into his home and quietly left. He had not made a sound, he was a warrior. I returned as the sun came up, and throughout the day to check on him. I hadn’t expected this, hadn’t expected to see, and more extraordinary feel the birth of a warrior. This is living #withbutterfliesandwarriors #conservation #northernkenya

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🌹via @chancellordavid Photograph by David Chancellor - gathering at dusk, Samburu, northern Kenya. .... From @chancellordavid -The more time I spend with these extraordinary people the more I understand how vital it is that we enable local people to manage their traditional lands, and natural resources, allowing them to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning. By integrating this with ecological awareness through education results in: . - A decline in the numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies . - Child/infant mortality decreasing; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart . - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies . - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem . - Water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption . - Degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery . - Human conflict over pasture reduces - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces. When women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in the current gender norms. Thus by improving the quality of life for these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to increase again. Plus, there’s a reduced risk of conflict, and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and others. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #samburu #kenya #dusk #conservation #dulce

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a registered nurse circumcises a Samburu initiate, while an elder looks on during ceremonies celebrating his transition into a warrior clan, northern Kenya. . For a ‘warrior’ generation I’ve documented the lives of the Samburu tribe in northern Kenya. They have provided, and continue to provide, a unique glimpse of the future of community conservation globally. They are the interface between human and wildlife populations. How this next generation relates to the wildlife and ecosystems that support both humans and wildlife will affect us all. These initiates will live cheek by jowl with livestock and wildlife for the next 13 years, time enough to effect great change. This image above is key. The Samburu are deeply traditional; their culture and society defines them and at no point is this more evident than here at the initiation of new warriors. Many chose to embrace health alongside tradition, rather than risk the lives of the next generation. Here we see a nurse incorporated into the ceremony circumcising a warrior; one knife, one man’ might seem obvious to us, but sadly it’s not yet practiced everywhere. Supporting these cultures and traditions is key, giving them access to healthcare and family planning is vital. Allowing them to benefit from the wildlife that they live alongside is our moral responsibility. This is living #withbutterfliesandwarriors #conservation #northernkenya

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - in the north of Kenya an initiate from the Samburu tribe prepares for his passage into manhood. He wears the blue beads defining his status, along with vulture quills, and on the very end of the necklace, wing covers from beetles. All signifying his metamorphosis from boy to Moran (warrior ) and flight from the home he’s spent his entire life in up until this point. His family will now be other Moran from his clan, who for the next 13 years he will live alongside in the bush. Once initiated, the beads will pass to his mother who will wear them and remember her child who has now fledged the nest. These tribes now source lion skins and vultures quills from Kenya Wildlife Services who distribute them to the Samburu from natural mortalities, thus negating the necessity for them to kill wildlife. This is living #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #conservation

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#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Mount Ololokwe, northern Kenya, home to the God of the Samburu tribe. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Mount Ololokwe, northern Kenya, home to the God of the Samburu tribe. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - from boy to man, warrior to elder, the metamorphosis of the Samburu #withbutterfliesandwarriors northern Kenya 🖤

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Jesus... #repost Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a baby rhino removed from the body of its mother, killed by poachers, is stored in the freezer of a research centre, northern Kenya. Magnificent in life, slaughtered at the hands of man, it’s body will be used to help find cures for diseases both affecting its own species, and those who took its life. #withbutterfliesandwarriors @wellcomephotoprize

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#Repost @chancellordavid ・・・ Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a baby rhino removed from the body of its mother, killed by poachers, is stored in the freezer of a research centre, northern Kenya. Magnificent in life, slaughtered at the hands of man, it’s body will be used to help find cures for diseases both affecting its own species, and those who took its life. #withbutterfliesandwarriors @wellcomephotoprize

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a baby rhino removed from the body of its mother, killed by poachers, is stored in the freezer of a research centre, northern Kenya. Magnificent in life, slaughtered at the hands of man, it’s body will be used to help find cures for diseases both affecting its own species, and those who took its life. #withbutterfliesandwarriors @wellcomephotoprize

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سامبورو موران (جنگجو ) خون را از یک بز ، شمال کنیا می گیرد. بز ، گوسفند و شترها نقش مهمی در شیوه زندگی و فرهنگ سامبورو دارند. سامبورو برای زنده ماندن به حیوانات خود بسیار وابسته است. رژیم های غذایی آنها شامل شیر ، و گاهی اوقات خون است که آنها از حملات توسط قبایل مخالف محافظت می کنند. Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu moran (warrior ) takes blood from a goat, northern Kenya. Goats, as well as cattle, sheep, and camels, play a vital role in the Samburu way of life and culture. The Samburu are highly dependent on their livestock for survival. Their diet comprises mostly milk, and occasionally blood, from the cows that they are protecting from raids by opposing tribes. The blood is taken by slightly cutting the jugular, and draining the blood into a cup. The wound is then promptly sealed with hot ash. Meat is only served on special occasions, such as ceremonies. Their livelihood depends entirely on the health and safety of their livestock. When they do slaughter, blood and meat is shared among the warriors of different clans, strengthening bonds between warriors that can be called upon in times of drought and conflict with neighboring tribes. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #autogramtags #ngorongorocrater #maasaimara #riftvalley #africannature #amazingafrica #tanzania #zambia #southafrica #lusaka #zimbabwe #kenya 🇰🇪 #nairobikenya #uganda #warriorspirit #worrior #wayofthewarrior #shieldmaiden #brave #bushidocode #valhalla #bujutsutv

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#repost from @natgeo Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu moran (warrior ) takes blood from a goat, northern Kenya. Goats, as well as cattle, sheep, and camels, play a vital role in the Samburu way of life and culture. The Samburu are highly dependent on their livestock for survival. Their diet comprises mostly milk, and occasionally blood, from the cows that they are protecting from raids by opposing tribes. The blood is taken by slightly cutting the jugular, and draining the blood into a cup. The wound is then promptly sealed with hot ash. Meat is only served on special occasions, such as ceremonies. Their livelihood depends entirely on the health and safety of their livestock. When they do slaughter, blood and meat is shared among the warriors of different clans, strengthening bonds between warriors that can be called upon in times of drought and conflict with neighboring tribes. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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❤️✨❤️✨❤️✨ Repost from @thephotosociety using @RepostRegramApp - Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Samburu wedding, northern Kenya, a quieter journey home 😉 #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya 👍🏿👍🏼🖤

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu moran (warrior ) takes blood from a goat, northern Kenya. Goats, as well as cattle, sheep, and camels, play a vital role in the Samburu way of life and culture. The Samburu are highly dependent on their livestock for survival. Their diet comprises mostly milk, and occasionally blood, from the cows that they are protecting from raids by opposing tribes. The blood is taken by slightly cutting the jugular, and draining the blood into a cup. The wound is then promptly sealed with hot ash. Meat is only served on special occasions, such as ceremonies. Their livelihood depends entirely on the health and safety of their livestock. When they do slaughter, blood and meat is shared among the warriors of different clans, strengthening bonds between warriors that can be called upon in times of drought and conflict with neighboring tribes. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu moran (warrior ) takes blood from a goat, northern Kenya. Goats, as well as cattle, sheep, and camels, play a vital role in the Samburu way of life and culture. The Samburu are highly dependent on their livestock for survival. Their diet comprises mostly milk, and occasionally blood, from the cows that they are protecting from raids by opposing tribes. The blood is taken by slightly cutting the jugular, and draining the blood into a cup. The wound is then promptly sealed with hot ash. Meat is only served on special occasions, such as ceremonies. Their livelihood depends entirely on the health and safety of their livestock. When they do slaughter, blood and meat is shared among the warriors of different clans, strengthening bonds between warriors that can be called upon in times of drought and conflict with neighboring tribes. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Samburu wedding, northern Kenya, a quieter journey home 😉 #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya 👍🏿👍🏼🖤

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu bride leaves her mother's house to move to her husband's village, in northern Kenya. Tradition dictates that during the journey she must not look back. A Samburu legend tells of a young bride who was about to leave her family’s house. Her father gave precise instructions, including not to look back, but the girl was so sad she could not resist a last glance at the home where she had grown up. During the night, the god Nkai, furious with the disobedient girl, decided to punish her. Her body began to swell until it broke through the hut roof, finally turning into a majestic elephant. The Samburu believe that all elephants descend from this girl, and that elephants and the Samburu have blood ties. It's believed that if elephants find a dead man, they place bundles of grass or branches on his grave, and similarly if a Samburu finds a dead elephant, he takes a bundle of green grass, spits on it, and rolls it inside the skull cavity. It's considered a sign of respect and a blessing: the grass is a symbol of peace, and the spit equates to rain, a divine gift in this arid region. It’s traditions like this that we must take time to learn and understand their significance. It’s vital that as we engage with communities, we understand their beliefs. In my experience, allowing these communities to share in the financial benefits generated by the presence of wildlife on their lands is key if we are to succeed at all in conserving the planet's wildlife and ecosystems. Follow me @chancellordavid to see more #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya

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#Repost @natgeo • • • • • • Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu bride leaves her mother's house to move to her husband's village, in northern Kenya. Tradition dictates that during the journey she must not look back. A Samburu legend tells of a young bride who was about to leave her family’s house. Her father gave precise instructions, including not to look back, but the girl was so sad she could not resist a last glance at the home where she had grown up. During the night, the god Nkai, furious with the disobedient girl, decided to punish her. Her body began to swell until it broke through the hut roof, finally turning into a majestic elephant. The Samburu believe that all elephants descend from this girl, and that elephants and the Samburu have blood ties. It's believed that if elephants find a dead man, they place bundles of grass or branches on his grave, and similarly if a Samburu finds a dead elephant, he takes a bundle of green grass, spits on it, and rolls it inside the skull cavity. It's considered a sign of respect and a blessing: the grass is a symbol of peace, and the spit equates to rain, a divine gift in this arid region. It’s traditions like this that we must take time to learn and understand their significance. It’s vital that as we engage with communities, we understand their beliefs. In my experience, allowing these communities to share in the financial benefits generated by the presence of wildlife on their lands is key if we are to succeed at all in conserving the planet's wildlife and ecosystems. Follow me @chancellordavid to see more #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya

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❤️❤️❤️ #Repost from @natgeo with @regram app ... Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu bride leaves her mother's house to move to her husband's village, in northern Kenya. Tradition dictates that during the journey she must not look back. A Samburu legend tells of a young bride who was about to leave her family’s house. Her father gave precise instructions, including not to look back, but the girl was so sad she could not resist a last glance at the home where she had grown up. During the night, the god Nkai, furious with the disobedient girl, decided to punish her. Her body began to swell until it broke through the hut roof, finally turning into a majestic elephant. The Samburu believe that all elephants descend from this girl, and that elephants and the Samburu have blood ties. It's believed that if elephants find a dead man, they place bundles of grass or branches on his grave, and similarly if a Samburu finds a dead elephant, he takes a bundle of green grass, spits on it, and rolls it inside the skull cavity. It's considered a sign of respect and a blessing: the grass is a symbol of peace, and the spit equates to rain, a divine gift in this arid region. It’s traditions like this that we must take time to learn and understand their significance. It’s vital that as we engage with communities, we understand their beliefs. In my experience, allowing these communities to share in the financial benefits generated by the presence of wildlife on their lands is key if we are to succeed at all in conserving the planet's wildlife and ecosystems. Follow me @chancellordavid to see more #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | A Samburu bride leaves her mother's house to move to her husband's village, in northern Kenya. Tradition dictates that during the journey she must not look back. A Samburu legend tells of a young bride who was about to leave her family’s house. Her father gave precise instructions, including not to look back, but the girl was so sad she could not resist a last glance at the home where she had grown up. During the night, the god Nkai, furious with the disobedient girl, decided to punish her. Her body began to swell until it broke through the hut roof, finally turning into a majestic elephant. The Samburu believe that all elephants descend from this girl, and that elephants and the Samburu have blood ties. It's believed that if elephants find a dead man, they place bundles of grass or branches on his grave, and similarly if a Samburu finds a dead elephant, he takes a bundle of green grass, spits on it, and rolls it inside the skull cavity. It's considered a sign of respect and a blessing: the grass is a symbol of peace, and the spit equates to rain, a divine gift in this arid region. It’s traditions like this that we must take time to learn and understand their significance. It’s vital that as we engage with communities, we understand their beliefs. In my experience, allowing these communities to share in the financial benefits generated by the presence of wildlife on their lands is key if we are to succeed at all in conserving the planet's wildlife and ecosystems. Follow me @chancellordavid to see more #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | SOUND ON ! off to a wedding, northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors to see more follow me @chancellordavid

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - sound on - off to a wedding, northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors 👍🏼👍🏿🖤

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Thanks to National Geographic! Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Gabra house, northern Kenya. The Gabra, a nomadic tribe of 31,000 people, occupy territory east of Lake Turkana in Kenya, along the edge of the Chalbi Desert, extending to Ethiopia. For the Gabra, living in balance with a trying environment requires that they protect land, animal, and fellow Gabra. Thus, they practice certain food and plant taboos, preserve full-grown trees called "korma" (bulls ), and revere pregnant women and pregnant animals. As resource managers, they migrate to the highlands during the rainy season to allow the dry-season pasture to replenish its water resources, taking homes, livestock, and all possessions with them. Perhaps most symbolic of the Gabra's identity is the proverb "a poor man shames us all." Since mutual support is imperative for their survival as nomads, no Gabra are allowed to go hungry, go without animals, or be refused hospitality or assistance. A person who refuses to help others is labeled "al baku," a stigma that stays affixed to the family for generations. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation #fightingextinction #anthropology

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - gathering at dusk, Samburu, northern Kenya. The more time I spend with these extraordinary people the more I understand how vital it is that we enable local people to manage their traditional lands, and natural resources, allowing them to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning. By integrating this with ecological awareness through education results in: . - A decline in the numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies . - Child/infant mortality decreasing; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart . - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies . - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem . - Water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption . - Degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery . - Human conflict over pasture reduces - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces. When women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in the current gender norms. Thus by improving the quality of life for these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to increase again. Plus, there’s a reduced risk of conflict, and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and others. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation

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#repost from @natgeo Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Gabra house, northern Kenya. The Gabra, a nomadic tribe of 31,000 people, occupy territory east of Lake Turkana in Kenya, along the edge of the Chalbi Desert, extending to Ethiopia. For the Gabra, living in balance with a trying environment requires that they protect land, animal, and fellow Gabra. Thus, they practice certain food and plant taboos, preserve full-grown trees called "korma" (bulls ), and revere pregnant women and pregnant animals. As resource managers, they migrate to the highlands during the rainy season to allow the dry-season pasture to replenish its water resources, taking homes, livestock, and all possessions with them. Perhaps most symbolic of the Gabra's identity is the proverb "a poor man shames us all." Since mutual support is imperative for their survival as nomads, no Gabra are allowed to go hungry, go without animals, or be refused hospitality or assistance. A person who refuses to help others is labeled "al baku," a stigma that stays affixed to the family for generations. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation #fightingextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a Samburu warrior (moran ) backs into the family house of his bride, holding meat from a freshly slaughtered cow, northern Kenya. At dawn, the groom leads a cow to the house of the bride’s mother, and when the animal is slaughtered, the marriage is considered celebrated. The cow is butchered by the moran and the longest cuts of meat are selected for the bride’s family, signifying a long prosperous life ahead for all concerned. The meat must be carried into the house and given to the bride’s family by the groom, aided by his best man, who must ensure that it stays flat and doesn’t fall. It’s believed that keeping the meat flat will guarantee a steady, calm life. Whereas, dropping the meat would signify the worst of starts to the couple’s life. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation

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#repost from @natgeo #humanity #harmony #balance #earth Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Gabra house, northern Kenya. The Gabra, a nomadic tribe of 31,000 people, occupy territory east of Lake Turkana in Kenya, along the edge of the Chalbi Desert, extending to Ethiopia. For the Gabra, living in balance with a trying environment requires that they protect land, animal, and fellow Gabra. Thus, they practice certain food and plant taboos, preserve full-grown trees called "korma" (bulls ), and revere pregnant women and pregnant animals. As resource managers, they migrate to the highlands during the rainy season to allow the dry-season pasture to replenish its water resources, taking homes, livestock, and all possessions with them. Perhaps most symbolic of the Gabra's identity is the proverb "a poor man shames us all." Since mutual support is imperative for their survival as nomads, no Gabra are allowed to go hungry, go without animals, or be refused hospitality or assistance. A person who refuses to help others is labeled "al baku," a stigma that stays affixed to the family for generations. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation #fightingextinction

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If only the rest of humanity were like the Gabra.. #Repost from @natgeo with @regram app ... Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Gabra house, northern Kenya. The Gabra, a nomadic tribe of 31,000 people, occupy territory east of Lake Turkana in Kenya, along the edge of the Chalbi Desert, extending to Ethiopia. For the Gabra, living in balance with a trying environment requires that they protect land, animal, and fellow Gabra. Thus, they practice certain food and plant taboos, preserve full-grown trees called "korma" (bulls ), and revere pregnant women and pregnant animals. As resource managers, they migrate to the highlands during the rainy season to allow the dry-season pasture to replenish its water resources, taking homes, livestock, and all possessions with them. Perhaps most symbolic of the Gabra's identity is the proverb "a poor man shames us all." Since mutual support is imperative for their survival as nomads, no Gabra are allowed to go hungry, go without animals, or be refused hospitality or assistance. A person who refuses to help others is labeled "al baku," a stigma that stays affixed to the family for generations. #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya #conservation #fightingextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a Samburu moran (warrior ) takes blood from a goat, northern Kenya. Goats, as well as cattle, sheep and camels, play a vital role in the Samburu way of life and culture. The Samburu are highly dependent on their livestock for survival. Their diet comprises mostly of milk, and occasionally blood from the cows that they are protecting from raids by opposing tribes. The blood is taken by slightly cutting the jugular, and draining the blood into a cup. The wound is then promptly sealed with hot ash. Meat is only served on special occasions such as ceremonies. Their livelihood depends entirely on the health and safety of their livestock. When they do slaughter, blood and meat is shared among the warriors of different clans, strengthening bonds between warriors that can be called upon in times of drought and conflict with neighbouring tribes. #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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#Repost @chancellordavid with @kimcy929_repost • • • • • • Photographs by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - northern Kenya - this story plays backwards - what you’re seeing here is a camel we were called to that had been attacked by hyena. This really is the end of the story, not the beginning and this is why: the hyenas had responded to the noise of lions killing a camel, and attacked the other camels too. As solar water points become almost commonplace, semi-nomadic communities become less ‘nomadic’, and villages spring up where they didn’t exist before. As a result, lions are pushed away due to human encroachment, but, the water points supply opportunities for livestock kills by lion and hyena. This obviously puts the lion in danger of retaliation by angry pastoralists who have lost livestock to predators. It falls to @ewasolions to both mediate, and prevent this situation escalating out of control. It’s a complex fragile balance that needs to be struck as local communities have a right to access water. Similarly, wildlife has a right to live without human encroachment. Can’t help thinking that the solution is much better liaison with those working on the ground such as @ewasolions as to where boreholes should be put, in order to benefit both humans, and wildlife. Follow their work here @ewasolions - #withbutterfliesandwarriors #conservation #lion #samburu

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#repost from @natgeo Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - samburu wedding, northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya

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Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Video by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes the temptation to check oneself out is just, well, too great, particularly when you’re a hornbill presented with a clean window. #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a samburu bride leaves her mother's house to move to her husband's village, northern Kenya - traditional beliefs state that during the journey she must not look back. A Samburu legend tells how the elephants were once human beings. A young bride was about to get ready to leave her family’s house and her father gave her precise instructions on how to follow her way, that included the instruction not to look back; but the girl was so sad that she could not resist taking a last glance at the home where she had grown up. During the night, the Nkai God, furious with the disobeying girl, decided to punish her. The body of the young girl began to swell until it broke the hut roof and finally turned into a majestic elephant. The Samburu believe that all elephants descend from this first girl and that the elephants and the Samburu people have the same blood ties. It's believed that if elephants find a dead man they place bundles of grass or branches on his grave, and similarly if a Samburu finds a dead elephant he takes a bundle of green grass, spits on it and rolls it inside the cavities of the skull. This is considered a sign of respect and blessing, the green grass is the symbol of peace, while the spit is the rain, which is a divine gift in this arid region of northern Kenya. It’s traditions like this that I believe we must take time to learn and understand the significance of. I believe it’s vital that we engage with communities, and understand their beliefs. In my experience allowing them to share in the financial benefits generated by the presence of wildlife on their lands is key if we are to succeed at all in conserving the planets wildlife, and ecosystems. Please look at the work of @ewasolions and in particular their project #mamasimba for continued stellar work in this region 💚 #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - butterfly curtain, northern Kenya - I’ve always been obsessed with butterflies and months, maybe it’s the metamorphosis that intrigues ? It seems that we are forever growing and changing into very different creatures from the one we previously existed as. Or maybe it’s the thought of drying ones wings in the new sun and springing into the sky, airborne for the very first time. #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Repost from @chancellordavid using @RepostRegramApp - Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a Samburu moran (warrior ) catches a cow for slaughter at dawn, northern Kenya. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle, but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The Maasai refer to them as ‘the butterfly people’ seeing them as even more beautiful, and butterfly-like, than themselves. Their only wealth comes from their livestock, following the cycle of wet and dry seasons in order to maximise grazing. They are therefore a great barometer by which to measure both climate change, and human-wildlife conflict in this region. They have been featured widely in western culture, and yet few really know them. Dancing Samburu were included in a MasterCard commercial. Samburu runners were famously portrayed in a late 1980s Nike commercial, in which a Samburu man's words were translated into English as the Nike slogan “Just Do It.” This was corrected by anthropologist Lee Cronk, who seeing the commercial alerted Nike and the media that the Samburu man was saying “I don’t want these. Give me big shoes.” Nike, in explaining the error, admitted to having improvised the dialogue and stated “we thought nobody in America would know what he said”. It’s exactly these cultures and traditions that we should be working with and listening to if we have any chance of conserving the planet’s ecosystems and wildlife. Follow me here to see more from them over the next weeks and months #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @ewasolions

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - fire, northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Raising public awareness about health issues, such as disease transmission and being able to implement vaccination campaigns especially in remote communities where I’m currently working in Northern Kenya, plays an important role in stemming disease. Furthermore, education can increase access to healthcare and family planning. Zoonotic diseases affect both humans and animals. Transmitted by domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats and camels, and also wildlife, such as bats, primates and rodents, makes Kenya a hotspot for these types of infections: 60% of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic and of these, 70% are from wildlife. Therefore, changes to this landscape by ever increasing human presence drives the risk of such ‘spillover' by intensifying this interface. The Wellcome Photography Prize offers my work access to a global community like no other, via this unique platform giving me greater capacity to continue working in these remote communities, and thus continue to raise public awareness locally and internationally about these health issues which affect us all, worldwide. Thank you @wellcomephotoprize I’m truly humbled that this vital work has received this - ‘virus hunters’ Winner of the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019 Outbreaks category: David Chancellor @chancellordavid ⁠ .⁠ 'We don’t really have a strong understanding of the connection between the natural world and the origins of zoonotic diseases. I think this image does a particularly good job of engaging that grey and largely misunderstood area' - @pete_k_muller ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #WPP19 #documentary #documentaryphotography #reportage #photojournalism #portrait #health #care #medical #recovery #medicine #globalhealth #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya @natgeo @thephotosociety @geomagazin @everydayextinction #conservation #fightingextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - many of those I work with believe that by taking a photograph I am stealing their soul. Returning with a print not only allows them to share in the process, but also gives them the time to look at themselves through my eyes. However, it’s difficult not to agree with them, I can often hear the voices emanating from the rolls as the community held within my work expands. There are always conversations as I shepherd it through landscapes, airports, and finally to the lab where they’ll all look out at me exactly as they did many weeks ago when I started this journey without them. Hard not to agree that there are indeed spirits in here. #withbutterfliesandwarriors with enormous thanks to @airbnb @airbnbadventures @natashalunnwatkins @artfuldodgersimaging @bwyanoleary @kodak and the #samburu #conservation #conserving #northernkenya #kenya @filmsnotdead

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - gathering at full moon with the moran (warriors ) of the Samburu, on Mt Ololokwe, the home of the God for the Samburu tribe, northern Kenya - #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @fujifilmx_uk @nathan_xp1

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetahprint

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#repost from @natgeo Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah

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💭 Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah

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Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, in northern Kenya, wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat, we decided that once it was sedated, the safest and softest way to transport it was to wrap in the net, borrowed from a villager. Sitting next to that cat, snoring gently, was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads. To see more follow me @chancellordavid #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah

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Posted @withrepost@chancellordavid Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Samburu moran (warrior ) from the series #withbutterfliesandwarriors - northern Kenya #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @ewasolions @noblemagazineofficial

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Samburu moran (warrior ) from the series #withbutterfliesandwarriors - northern Kenya #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @ewasolions

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Photograph by David Chancellor- @chancellordavid - sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Here we’re transporting a heavily sedated cheetah from Samburu National Park, northern Kenya wrapped in a mosquito net. Called at short notice to attend to a badly injured cat we decided that once sedated the safest and softest way to transport it to the hq was wrapped in the net borrowed from a villager, and sitting on the seat next to me. Sitting next to that cat snoring gently was one of the best drives I’ve had on Kenyan roads; not looking forward to duplicating the situation but definitely keen to get the driver to duplicate his driving 👍🏿👍🏼💚 #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #cheetah 🖤❤️

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northern Kenya late rains #withbutterfliesandwarriors

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a Samburu moran (warrior ) catches a cow for slaughter at dawn, northern Kenya. The Samburu are semi-nomadic pastoralists who herd mainly cattle, but also keep sheep, goats and camels. The Maasai refer to them as ‘the butterfly people’ seeing them as even more beautiful, and butterfly-like, than themselves. Their only wealth comes from their livestock, following the cycle of wet and dry seasons in order to maximise grazing. They are therefore a great barometer by which to measure both climate change, and human-wildlife conflict in this region. They have been featured widely in western culture, and yet few really know them. Dancing Samburu were included in a MasterCard commercial. Samburu runners were famously portrayed in a late 1980s Nike commercial, in which a Samburu man's words were translated into English as the Nike slogan “Just Do It.” This was corrected by anthropologist Lee Cronk, who seeing the commercial alerted Nike and the media that the Samburu man was saying “I don’t want these. Give me big shoes.” Nike, in explaining the error, admitted to having improvised the dialogue and stated “we thought nobody in America would know what he said”. It’s exactly these cultures and traditions that we should be working with and listening to if we have any chance of conserving the planet’s ecosystems and wildlife. Follow me here to see more from them over the next weeks and months #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @ewasolions

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - this is Latoya, he works with @ewasolions who are working to encourage coexistence between people living on community land, such as the Samburu, and all carnivores; not just lions, but also hyena, wild dog, leopard and jackals. Here in Samburu those monitoring the movement and relaying the whereabouts of carnivores are drawn from these communities. Thus, the Moran such as Latoya play a vital role here in the conservation of Kenya’s wildlife, and preservation of the pristine ecosystems that support it. This follows throughout this region of northern Kenya; community engagement is vital if wildlife and human populations are to coexist at all, particularly in as complicated an environment as this which is prone to drought, flood, and tribal conflict. This wonderful human being is not from another World, but from the same one that we all inhabit, only maybe he cares enough to preserve it, and along with that his traditions and way of life. Latoya get the chai on, I’ll see you next week, warrior 👍🏼👍🏿🖤 - follow me here @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction and them here @ewasolions ❤️💚 #fightingextinction #northernkenya #kenya #carnivores #lion #leopard #wilddog #jackal #conserving #conservation #africa #withbutterfliesandwarriors 💚👍🏿👍🏼💚❤️

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Mukokondo Mountains, northern Kenya - #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya #northernkenya #conservation @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Samburu Moran (warrior ) northern Kenya #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #withbutterfliesandwarriors @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @natgeo

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - training northern Kenya’s rangers in the art of camouflage 👍🏼👍🏿💚🖤 @forrangers @borana1 @lewa_wildlife @nrt_kenya #kenya #northernkenya #conservation #fightingextinction #withbutterfliesandwarriors @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - young Samburu women, lmuget, Samburu, northern Kenya - it’s vital that we enable local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources, as a result they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their own lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning. By integrating this with ecological awareness through education results in: - A decline in the numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies - Child/infant mortality decreasing; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem - Water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption - Degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery - Human conflict over pasture reduces - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces. In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Thus by improving the quality of life for these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to increase again and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and others. New work in northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction #women #healthcare #conservation #fightingextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - young Samburu women, lmuget, Samburu, northern Kenya - it’s vital that we enable local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources, as a result they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their own lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning. By integrating this with ecological awareness through education results in: - A decline in the numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies - Child/infant mortality decreasing; children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably; a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem - Water sources remain more readily available for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption - Degraded environments are given a better chance of recovery - Human conflict over pasture reduces - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces. In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Thus by improving the quality of life for these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna have a better chance to increase again and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching of endangered and vulnerable species including elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and others. New work in northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors #northernkenya #kenya @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction #women #healthcare #conservation #fightingextinction

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a vet’s assistant covers the eyes of a tranquillised white rhino, northern Kenya - When working with wildlife requiring veterinarian intervention it’s vital that we get to tranquillised wildlife as quickly as possible. Many species are prone to overheating when unconscious. Body mass is of major concern when dealing with mega herbivores such as rhino and elephant which may die when resting unattended as body mass can restrict breathing and heart function. In some cases, they can suffocate on undigested food eaten prior to tranquillisation. It’s also vital to remove external stimulation, sight and sound, so here you’ll notice the rhino’s ears have been blocked (with the vet’s socks 😉 ), and it’s eyes are being covered. Outside stimulation can cause stress to the animal which we want to avoid at all costs. It can also snap the rhino out of unconsciousness in seconds, from being fully asleep to wide awake, which can be extremely dangerous for the vet and his team - It’s extraordinary to witness the amazing work of these individuals dedicated to preserving the planets precious wildlife. Humbled to be working with them 👍🏿👍🏼🙏🏻🖤💚 #conservation #northernkenya #kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors #fightingextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo @everydayextinction #rhino #stoppoaching

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Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - dawn, northern Kenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors #kenya

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