All change for the future
In a time of changing media solutions, KPN is also making waves as we hand over to Kalahari Peoples Fund and change the way the website is operated. Watch this space for more details.
Community and scholarly activism
Presentation by Megan Biesele at The Courage of //Kabbo Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 17 -20 August, 2011
A new wind in the Kalahari
The last three years has seen change in the way news travels on the wind. Young San people from all over southern Africa are using digital technology – to tell their own stories.
Language and Orthography of the SAN
South African San Institute has a list of San language groups and further information on their website. Go to http://www.san.org.za/san/intro.html to find out more.
San Cultures and Preconceptions
Text by Magdelena Brörmann-Thoma. Quotation: "I think the people do not know the Bushmen. They think that all of us are the same." (André Vaalbooi,‡Khomani San)
January Photographs of the month 2010
These photographs tell more than a thousand words about the importance of books and reading to children and teachers. The pictures were supplied by Pam Shelton of Botswana Book Project – botswanabookproject.org More about this project in News.
December photographs of the month
After a long – and for almost everybody – hard year, we thought that the last month’s photograph should reflect a positive attitude to 2010. So here are some faces, smiling and thoughtful, to help us reflect on the things that have inspired, challenged and cheered us; faces of hope.
Kalahari Bushmen Genome Project Underway
An article by Andrea Anderson that appeared recently on GenomeWeb Daily News. For the rest of this article, please visit http://www.genomeweb.com/sequencing/kalahari-bushman-genome-project-underway
This month we are privileged to have pictures of storytellers around a fire. The pictures were taken by Craig and Damon Foster, who are well known for their dedicated and sensitive filming in San communities and around issues associated with San people. For more information on Craig and Damon Foster, go to their website at www.senseafrica.com For a review of their film The Great Dance, see CULTURE / Film on this site.
Where Gifts and Stories Are Crucial
A Conversation between Polly Wiessner, anthropologist, and Claudia Dreifus for the New York Times. Published: May 25, 2009.
Stating the facts: the unromantic realities
It is important to address the mistakenly romantic vision that many people still hold of the San people. We asked WIMSA (Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa) if we could quote from this very clear summary outlining some of the problems. For more information see www.wimsanet.org
July Photographs: Rural children
The most precious asset of any community … these are the children of Nyae Nyae at play. The photographs were taken during a long, languid Sunday afternoon while film-makers worked most respectfully with a group of women gathering and there was nothing else to do but be enfolded into village life. Shortly after this, the children set off to walk back to school where they will stay with local families during the week before coming back for the precious weekend.
June Photographs: Landscape of Legend
This month’s photographs have been supplied by Jose Manuel de Prada-Samper and were taken during a recent visit to South Africa, most of them showing spots in the former /Xam territory, /Xam-ka !au or ‘The ground of the /Xam’ in Northern Cape. It is from this region that the Bleek and Lloyd informants came.
A new genetic survey by Dr. Sarah A. Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania and her team has found that modern humans originated in an area between Namibia and Angola, on the coast of southwest Africa.
May Photographs: The San & the Camera
Appropriately, this month’s pictures are of a magnificent exhibition permanently on display at !Khwa ttu on the western Cape coast. It was curated by a committee including mostly San members and offers a stunning insight into the lives and times of San people all over southern Africa. For more information go to www.khwatuu.org
Photographs of the month: March
This month we feature photographs from Nyae Nyae, reflecting the lives of children there. They were taken by Megan Biesele and Catherine Collett of the Kalahari Peoples Fund during 2003.
San … Khoekhoe … or Strandloper?
One of the most commonly asked questions about San people refers to names – and names that have been used in the past. Who is San? What is the difference between San and Khoekhoe? And who were the Strandlopers of the Cape coast?
Question: Fragments of Strandloper pottery are sometimes found on beaches of the Western Cape, as well as evidence of rock-built fish traps. Were the Strandloper of San or Khoekhoe origin?
Photographs of the month: February (1)
If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send them to: email@example.com These pictures were taken by Kristin Broyhill at Makuri Village in Nyae Nyae, Namibia in 2008.
Photographs of month: January
We have on file some stunning photographs that don’t necessarily have an article or item of news to go with them. So we have created a new concept for the website. It’s not a competition, but every Friday we will post some new pictures that are powerful illustrations of the San way of life and landscape. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org (These pictures taken by Marie Heyes of Redbush Tea Company on a recent visit to Arinxo village in Botswana.)
Clicks go global
We publish this, the first item of the new year in the spirit of fun and innovation that so clearly comes through in this amateur video, recently posted on You-Tube, in which guides at !Khwa ttu explain the intricacies of clicks to an enthusiastic audience.
History of San Marginalization
In the past two millennia, the San experienced substantial changes, with the introduction of livestock, immigration of non-San peoples into the region, and colonization.
Who are the Indigenous Peoples of Africa?
Today, groups claiming to be ‘indigenous’ in Africa are mostly those who have been living by hunting and gathering; by transhumant (migratory nomadic) pastoralism. and those practicing traditional drylands horticulture including oasis cultures. Information from the website of IPACC.
Loss of traditional ways
There have been huge changes forced upon San people and communities in the last century - and before. This information comes from the website of the Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF) www.kalaharipeoples.org
Who are the San People?
The San are the aboriginal people of South Africa. Their distinct hunter-gatherer culture stretches back over 20 000 years, and their genetic origins reach back over one million years. Recent research indicates that the San are the oldest genetic stock of contemporary humanity. Source: SASI (San Institute of SA) Website.
The Archbishop and San trainees
Trafford Book in Tsumkwe
Ostrich shell beads
Into the future
Picture: Craig Foster
Storytellers: Foster Brothers
Salt in Bosluis
Reach for the sky
Pan at Bosduif
By: Dries Alberts
San History in the making
Sunset over the W Cape coast
Technology in Makuri Village
Image: Kristin Broyhill
Lady of Arinxo
By Marie Heyes
Picture: Catherine Collett
Picture: Craig Foster
Picture: Catherine Collett
Photograph: Catherine Collett