White Girls Can’t Dance

In Africa, we only visited one village that wasn’t a Compassion project.
It was at the end of our trip, during our debriefing time, when we visited a very remote Maasai tribe. Entering the village was like stepping into the pages of National Geographic Magazine.

Branches and sticks circled the small village to keep wild animals away. Mud, manure and hardworking women turned huts into homes. These indigenous people survive only on the meat, milk and blood of their animals. I’ve never seen a more primitive way of life.
Although this village is remote, they allowed us to view their way of life because they wanted us to buy from them. As we entered the village, they insisted that the women in our group sing and dance with the Maasai wives. It was an honor we couldn’t refuse (especially since the man instructing us held a warrior club).
He led us to nine of the wives (one with a baby strapped to her back), many of whom looked like girls. They removed their heavy beaded necklaces and placed them over our heads.
Y’all, I don’t sing.


And I certainly do. not. dance. (Because snapping fingers and swaying does not a dancer make). But I also wasn’t feeling rebellious.

A low moan and foreign words came from the lips of the women as they bent and moved back and forth. It sounded something (or actually, nothing) like “Maaaaaaaaaa Woooooooooo Chuma Dago Soto (and then, I do not lie, they said) Hell, Yeah

So, we bent and we sang some noises and we all ended each phrase with…

“Hell, Yeah.”

Totally inappropriate for a Compassion International trip.

Maasai Dancing from keely Scott on Vimeo.

But it worked.


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    OH MY GOODNESS!!! I was laughing so hard reading your description! That was hilarious. Good for you though! You stepped out of your comfort zone in many, many, many ways and that is great!

    btw, on the video, I thought you were one of the best dancers and HY singers in the group! :)

    Enjoying your blog so much and the stories from your trip… keep up the great work!

    ~ melscoffeebreak.blogspot.com ~

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    I have been reading all your Africa posts and have enjoyed some, been broken by some and moved by them all. I look forward to reading more as you feel led to post them. Thank you.

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    I came over from JonesBones5 – what a great post! Your writing and the photos were a delight. Fun to see my friend Patricia among all the village women. What were they selling? I missed that part.

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    I love it! May God get all the glory….even from the hell yeah!!!

    I am not sure if it was coincidence or not but the ads by google at the bottom of your page today are for dance lessons…I'm just sayin'

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    Those pictures are amazing and the story, well you couldn't make that up if ya tried!!
    I linked to one of your posts about this trip today, hope that was ok.
    I've been really touched by your experience and the words you use to share it with us.

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    Haha! This made me smile today, after getting used to tearing up after reading your posts… I have been so touched by following your journey into Africa.
    Just finished reading Shawn Groves blog post about complaints…and am wondering if your blog today is a subtle attempt to get someone to complain about your language! Still a Pollyanna image to me!

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    to answer the question–what was the tribe selling- a little of everything…mainly beaded work. We only bought a few small things because it was VERY expensive-apparently they KNOW American are rich:)


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    You can't judge how you have reached others hearts by whether or not someone leaves a comment. I don't think you are not reaching here for comments, you are reaching to move people. On the giveaway's you are asking for people to comment.
    Don't let the number of comments get to you on any specific post.

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    I hadn't commented yet, because the sound is broken on my 'puter and I wanted to HEAR the video before I said anything. BUT….

    your journey through this has touched me deeply and I thank you for encouraging us to come along with you. You are blessing people whether they comment or not.;) Hell yeah, you are!

    (The song "Everybody Dance Now" comes to mind. Did they play it?;) Yes, I know I'm old school…)

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    Sorry for getting on Twitter and comparing this post to my recent giveaway post…I shouldn't compare the two…I'm asking for comments on one.

    Weak moment.

    As you were.

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    I showed the video to my daughter, and now she is humming in the other room…I'm going to have to watch what comes from "THAT family." hehehe

    {H.E. double hockey sticks.}

    Blessings to you sweet Kristen!

    Lana @ ilovemy5kids

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    Loved the video and the whole story of your trip. I cried so many times! You really made me rethink how I've been communicating with my Compassion children, how I'm living my life here in the States, and how I can help in other ways. Thank you!

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    I've loved following you on this trip. Love the pix of your return home. When I knew your trip was ending I imagined the reunion you'd have with your family and now I get to see it! Thanks for taking us along on your journey..even as it continues to unfold. : )

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    Kristen that was priceless. After following all of the Compassion Bloggers on the Africa trip, I've felt like I've gotten to really know you. I was laughing hysterically at the thought of you all dancing and singing (and cussing :-)) when lo and behold at the end of the post was an actual video. I laughed some more. My family probably thought I was crazy. Thanks for sharing even more adventures from your Compassion trip.

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