Among the Maasai

In lilting prose, this memoir takes the reader from the foothills of Kilimanjaro, across the Great Rift Valley, and into the opaque world of the Maasai, where the author and her students discover together what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.


Among the Maasai

Set in the heart of Tanzania’s Maasailand, Among the Maasai champions women’s education in the developing world while unflinchingly addressing the challenges and inconsistencies inherent in tackling issues of extreme poverty across vastly different cultures.

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Juliet Cutler

In the late 1990s, Cutler lived in Tanzania where she taught at the first secondary school for Maasai girls in East Africa. In her memoir, she bears witness to the stories of her Maasai students and paints a powerful picture of daily life in Tanzania from the 1990s to today.

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Supporting girls’ education is a proven and powerful way to reduce poverty. Learn about organizations that promote girls’ education and safety in Tanzania, hear from Maasai women about the issues they face, and download a reading group guide to Among the Maasai.


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Press & Praise

Among the Maasai won the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award (gold medal in multicultural non-fiction), the 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (gold medal in best new voice in non-fiction), and the 2020 National Indie Excellence® Award (winner in multicultural non-fiction). The book is also the winner of several other awards.

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Support Maasai Girls

All proceeds from the sale of Among the Maasai support education and safety for Maasai girls. If you would like to consider an additional gift, Juliet Cutler is working with two nonprofit organizations who directly support programs in Tanzania.

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