Meeting the San Bushmen

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San Bushman
The encounter with the San was an organized trip with my overland tour. The San were until 100-150 years ago all over Southern Africa. Some linguists say they invented human language around 30.000 years ago  now they are just some 10.000, most of them driven from fertile land into the Kalahari Dessert. A lot of cave and rock paintings are thousands of years old, showing hunting scenes, some younger ones from the 19. century display white settlers with horses and guns. The future of the San is uncertain. The problems are similar to those of American Indians and Australian Aborigines. Alcohol and especially sniffing glue are a big problem.
Our encounter with the Bushmen was more a "human zoo", they arrived on the pick-up truck of their manager. The walk was nevertheless interesting. They showed us how to make fire without matches, a root that has always water and how they hunt. Our Korean travelers took thousands of photos, and provided some Korean flags to take photos. We were wondering about the San and the Koreans, the San were wondering about the Koreans and us....
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San Bushman
San Bushman
San Bushman
San Bushman
San Bushman making fire
San Bushman making fire
squeezing the water of a root
squeezing the water of a root
Sans dancing
Sans dancing
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photo by: Biedjee