Africa - Namibia / Bushmen
There are 100,000 Bushmen in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Angola. They are the indigenous people of southern Africa, and have lived there for tens of thousands of years. In the middle of Botswana lies the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a reserve created to protect the traditional territory of the 5,000 Gana, Gwi and Tsila Bushmen (and their neighbours the Bakgalagadi), and the game they depend on. In the early 1980s, diamonds were discovered in the reserve. Soon after, government…
Ssehura, a young Khoisan girl orphaned in 1700's South Africa who was renamed Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman and known as the "Hottentots Venus" because of her pronounced buttocks and genitals. She was kidnapped from South Afrika in 1810 and exhibited like a wild beast in the nude in Europe after William Dunlop, a ship's doctor, told her that she could earn a fortune by allowing foreigners to look at her body.
'We were made the same as the sand'
In 2006, photo-journalist Dominick Tyler spent time in a Bushman relocation camp, and accompanied them when they returned to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve after their court victory.
Tsodilo Hills, Botswana. UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site features more than 4,500 rock art paintings in the Kalahari Desert. Archaeological records provide evidence of human and environmental activities ranging over 100,000 years BelAfrique - Your Personal Travel Planner - www.belafrique.com
The 'Bushmen' or 'San' are the oldest inhabitants of southern Africa. They are hunter-gatherers and their home is the Kalahari desert. The Bushmen speak a variety of languages with a unique 'click' sound. They hunt, mainly various kinds of antelope, but their daily diet is also based on fruits, nuts and roots which they seek out in the desert. Starting in the 1950s the Bushmen switched to farming as a result of government-mandated modernization programs as well as the increased risks of a…
Clico real photograph postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inches, circa 1928 According to his promotional material, Clico was discovered in the Kalahari by a Captain Hepston.Hepston presented Clico (the stage name referring to the clicking sound of the Bushman's native tongue) in England and France. Clico's Khoisan dances were a smash hit, attracting the attention of Sam Gumpertz from Coney Island's Dreamland and agents from Ringling Brothers.
Hunted by their own government – the fight to save Kalahari Bushmen
Survival International, which campaigns on behalf of tribal peoples, has called for tourists to boycott holidays in Botswana, which is forcing Kalahari Bushmen off their reserves