|First appearance||Mario is Missing! (1992)|
The Maasai Headdress is an item in the NES and SNES versions of Mario is Missing!. As its name suggests, it is a traditional headpiece originating from the Maasai people (although in reality, it looks nothing like the actual enkuraru headdress). It is stolen from their village by a group of Koopa Troopas, but it is obtained by Luigi after he takes it from a Koopa Troopa wandering around the city. It is then shown off to civilians within the city, as Luigi does not know what it is; they all recognize it and provide additional information, such as how the headdress belongs to a Maasai warrior. Eventually, Luigi returns it to its proper place in the village.
- Boy: "Knock me down with a feather, Luigi! You found the missing Maasai headdress!"
- Tourist: "We'll make headlines, Luigi. That's a warrior's head piece."
- Business Woman: "I read the tribe dyes themselves red when they become warriors, and they wear those headpieces."
- Scientist: "That warrior’s headdress is an important part of the tribal uniform."
- Police Officer: "Do you think the Maasai warrior would trade that headdress for my cap?"
- "Maasai Peoples - Enkuraru Headdress." Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 2016, collection.spencerart.ku.edu/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&objectId=35893&viewType=detailView. Retrieved January 23, 2018.