Africa, and Kenya in particular, were originally inhabited by tribes, each claiming a portion of land and farming it in a pastoral practice while also raising livestock. British colonization forced many tribes from their ancestral land and created a migration to other areas of Kenya. After Kenyan independence, these tribes evolved and created new alliances across the country. Our Kabarnet community is primarily home to the Kalenjins, created by the joining of three neighboring tribes: Ilchamus, Pokot and Tugen that now make their home in Baringo County. The Kalenjin have increased their presence in the community by creating local businesses: shops that sell household goods, construction materials, and clothing. While many call Kabarnet home, their culture is rooted in the small villages in which they were raised. While they may have a home in ‘town’, they honor the cultural tradition passed down through generations, where they return to the family homestead for gatherings, Christmas, engagement celebrations, weddings, birth of a child and even to bury a loved one on family land.
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