A wooden pillow? This may sound quite different from pillows we are used to seeing, but wooden pillows have been common in East African pastoral communities for many generations.  The reasons for using wooden pillows are twofold. First, having one’s head elevated with sleeping is an important way of keeping their hairdos from being roughed on the ground. In Pokot communities, once young men have been initiated into adult-manhood, wear painted mudpack hairstyles. These hairstyles indicate that they have become a full adult. As men age and aquire new status in their communities, they will take on different hairstyles as further indication of status.