Having butchered two goats using stone tools the students produced themselves, TBI students and staff then held a roast last Saturday night, to celebrate and relax after a long week of work.
Students gather around the fire as they roast goats butchered using their stone tools.
The Turkana Basin Institute kitchen staff produce extraordinary meals for students and staff three times a day, usually preparing traditional Kenyan dishes, while sometimes serving American or Turkana dishes as well. Kitchen staff include Edwin and Lokomi, both expert cooks, Wilson and Peter, and also Isiah, Ekeno and Emmekui, cooks from Nariokotome who work as fossil hunters on expeditions.
The staff helped students butcher 2 goats using stone tools during the day, and graciously agreed to help students roast the goat meat at night for dinner. All gathered around the coals as flames, alongside voices in many languages, rose up into the night air.
Emmekui tends to the meat as Alisha and Kelly look on.
The coals become very hot in a region already known for its extreme temperatures.
Alisha, Lokomi, Francis, Kasia and Peter watch the meat as it roasts.
Wyatt and Priscilla take lead roles in tending to the food as it cooks.
Mary jumps in front of the camera to tend to the meat as others enjoy the fire.
Students in the background lean in to speak with the cooks as other students remain outside with the food.
Ben, Johnpius, Anacoli and Meadow begin dancing to songs from Kenya, Tanzania and the States.