"Bushmen of the Kalahari" Ghanzi District by tgirl007

Ghanzi District Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 108 photos

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"To know your future you must understand your past."I have chosen to dedicate this page to the plight of the indigenous people of my country...the San peoples or better known as the bushmen.In Botswana There are 2 main tribes which are being threatened today...the Gana and the Gwi tribes.These people have been living in The central Kalahari Game reserve since time eternate, and now they are being re-located into settlement camps(reservations)against their will to make way for a diamond mining project, joint with the Botswana government and a company called De Beers.This has been and still is being conducted in a ruthless way.Survival International, a NGO that helps indigenous peoples all over the world to secure land ownership rights, have been banned from Botswana...they have touched upon a sensitive issue.Botswana is one of the richest African countries, due to it`s diamond trade and beef trade....I beleive that the san are so important to the future of my countries progress and perhaps the world, for their survival skills and knowledge surpass all when it comes to surviving in harsh environments, they also have very intricate knowledge of herbal medicines and higher thought.I can see westernization destroying so many indigenous tribes, and it makes me sad, it makes me worry for a future which is totally westernized without true cultural tribal roots...seems like no future at all??Imagine these ancient sacred people seeing their land, where their ancestors have roamed for thousands of years, being mined and dug up for rocks???to some they are prized rocks..diamonds, to me they are just stones which make men foolish and vain!if you would like to know more in depth details about this situation you can check out survival internationals website, there is also a fabulous projct run by friends of mine near Ghanzi(this district is home to the majority of the San living in Botswana, and the Kalahari desert)it`s called the Kuru arts project, and it trains the san whom have already been forced out of their lands, with art projects(see picture)and other necessary skills to survive in our crazy western world.The San are particulary affected by alcoholism and suicide, as are so many tribes whom have been forced to be intergrated into our society today...i beleive it is because it is not a gradual change and is against their heart will...so lets join together and help preserve our very special and unique cultures...from norway to Brasil...save our colourful people...

Ancient cultural systems

Dancing late into the night we sat around the campfire listening to dramatic stories of hunting and how the sun gave birth to the moon....why the baobab tree looks as it does......so much expression Dque`s face showed,alight by the fire as if the lines on his face were a map of rivers...and of tears his people have navigated and endured,,,I felt truly blessed to be sitting there with one of the most ancient tribes known to man, deep in the heart of the Kalahari desert, beneath a sky of a thousand trillion shining stars..........these people are so special, so full of dignity, integrity and values.....selfishness is not a word in their vocabulary.....share and share alike......beneath a wonderous night sky.....i was embraced as a family member, i was something strange to the children, whom touched my hair and hands in awe.....who is this strange creature who looks so different to us??

Whatever is done from love always occurs beyond go

Dkar, which is near Ghanzi, where Kuru arts project is located, has the most beautiful sunsets....i think it`s because of the flat horizon, scattered with few thorn trees on white desert sand.This is home to a tribe called Ncoa Khoe-Red people,these people are fun and playful, they are not like us, whom are complicated by our daily lives...they do not care for this, money and such things....Here in Dkar, one of the biggest events of the year is just after the rains have come, and the desert miraculously comes alive with flowers and vegetation.Many of these plants are culinary delicacies to the Bushmen....One such delicacy is called Morama "nuts"...these plants/vegetables, grow very near to the ground and are collected with joy and singing, from morning until night.....here it`s like being in a movie, a movie which i am not a part of, these people are so very different to myself, so much more simple and uncomplicated.....in a way i often think how lucky they are....But now they are not allowed to hunt anymore, they can only gather fruits and vegetables from the earth...now they cannot live on their ancestral lands anymore...some think they are primitive people to be compared with animals....this is not true, the bushmen are perhaps the most conscious of all....where joy and dancing take the central themes in their lives...dancing for healing, singing for harvesting, dancing for celebration of birth and life and death....telling us their stories of when the world began....These are special people, help to help them help themselves from the western vultures.....Qaese Qao...or in english...Goodbye...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful people of the Kalahari
  • Cons:Hot...so Hot.......
  • In a nutshell:The wise walk with the wise-san proverb
  • Last visit to Ghanzi District: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 29, 2004
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  • Kid-A's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 5:32 AM

    Great page!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    the Sans co-exst sustainably with Nature, and yet the plight of the removal is a national disgrace ;-)))

  • kevanrijn's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    So terrible what is being done to the San--and all for nothing more than silly rocks which can be made artifically in a lab anyway.... I have never particularly liked diamonds but I like them even less since the diamond industry is so ruthless.

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2005 at 9:32 AM

    Wow, it sounds like your friends are running a great project out there. I think you have the only tip on the Ghanzi district...the introduction is excellent. I hope we have half the experience you had here:)

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