Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Kenya, located in east-central Africa, has a population of 37 million (2007) and was occupied by the British in stages from 1888, gaining its independence in 1963. It still has a sizeable British and European population, numbering up to about 34,000, and some 90,000 people in the country are ethnic Indians. Traditionally, for the African population of the country, life revolved around villages, where most men worked as farmers or herders, and women remained in the village looking after the children or making handicrafts. As a result, from an early age, boys were involved in activities that helped them in hunting or demonstrated prowess. Using a slingshot and having an ability to hunt were both important. Some boys were also ...