Meet Salaton Ole Ntutu
Born and raised in the heart of the African savanna, Salaton Ole Ntutu is a warrior, community chief, shaman, and visionary leader of the nomadic Maasai tribe in Kenya.
As has been practiced by the Maasai for centuries, Salaton left his family at age 14 to begin his “warriorship” where he survived in the wild African bush for more than 7 years. Living amongst the wild animals with nothing but his blanket and spear, Salaton developed the survival skills he was taught as a young boy, with a knowledge and attunement with nature that has become virtually forgotten in the modern western world.
Salaton was also chosen as a child to receive the spiritual knowledge of his ancestors and blessed with spiritual and energetic gifts, that allow him to have strong connection to people and nature for communication and healing. Recognized by his fellow warriors as a gifted shaman and leader, he was often asked to travel with others to protect them. He has faced wild animals in defense, at times forced to kill lions, leopards and buffalo with just knives and spears.
Today, Salaton is recognized for his courage and wisdom in his village of Maji Moto, where he was chosen as the cultural chief and new elder. He is a key partner and advisor for international nonprofit organizations that support the Narok region. He has been the community leader and advisor for the construction of safe learning environments and scholarships for children who would not otherwise have had access to school. He also champions projects for a self sustaining community through self sustaining employment, water projects, education, and collaborating with international organizations. He also provides a home in the village of Maji Moto for girls rescued from circumcision and early marriage, widows, and women with AIDS.
Salaton’s passion in life is to preserve his culture and environment. During his visits to the U.S. and Europe, he actively fundraises for projects and initiatives, including water resource projects, the purchase of land to provide space for Maasai lifestyle to continue and to protect holy and healing plants and trees, building a self sustaining economy through tourism, and continued support of educational programs.