Noolkisaruni Tarakuai, the third of four wives of a Maasai chief with her day’s worth of food outside her house in a Maasai village compound near Narok, Kenya. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of her typical day’s worth of food on a day in the month of January was 800 kcals. She is 38 years of age: 5 feet, 5 inches tall; and 103 pounds. Noolkisaruni has her own house for sleeping and a windowless cooking house with earth and dung chinked into the walls. Maasai wealth is derived from the cattle owned, the land, and the number of children born to support the family business: cattle and goats. She is photographed here with her day’s worth of food: largely maize meal and milk. The fallen tree on which her food rests was knocked down by a marauding wild elephant. MODEL RELEASED.
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