Hali a Neema / State of Grace I was invited to document the building of a village medical clinic for the Maasai in Tanzania several years ago and spent nearly one month living with this unique tribe and learning their ways. They are a very proud people and understandably protective of their culture and history. It took many days and several audiences with the tribal chief to gain their trust enough to photograph among them. Yet once I gained the Maasai’s acceptance, barriers fell and I became a part of life in the village as they graciously allowed me to photograph freely. What struck me the most, and what I tried to capture in my images, is that while their lives by western standards may seem primitive, in so many ways they are more advanced. The Maasai have a great sense of the natural order of life and the importance of ritual which we in the west have in large measure lost.