My people have lived in Tharaka, Kenya, this place of red hills and green forests, since time immemorial. We are bee-keepers and we call our territory The Land of the Bees, because the bee is our most sacred relative.

Traditionally, we looked to the bees to tell us about the weather, especially when forecasting rain, which is so important for our crops. We used honey to brew beer for ceremonies at our sacred sites that helped maintain the health of our territory. When communities got together to help one household, that household would give people honey beer in return.

Today, our bees ...


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