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Toxic Larvae: Arrow Poison from the Bushmen of the Kalahari

Three feet. Three feet of red sand and clay the hunter-gatherer Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert dig through to find the poison which they use to fall their prey. 1,075 more words

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African shoestrings – South Africa Day Fourty five – Kalahari

The Kalahari Gemsbok Park is the South African section of one of the largest protected areas in Africa. The other section being the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana together they contain two million hectares of dry semi-desert and desert land. 515 more words


The Old Race

That puzzling variant of PLK4, that increases the miscarriage rate,  is very widespread, moderately common in almost all population – but it’s rare in Bushmen (frequency of 1 in 38 among the  Ju’/hoansi) and Pygmies,  enough to you suspect that it wasn’t there at all before the Bantu recently admixed with both groups. 317 more words

Tracking with the Nharo Bushmen of Botswana

“I woke to the sound of a lion ripping the door off my lodge. ‘But wait!’, I thought,’ that can’t be right!’.  I drifted back to sleep. 1,263 more words

Indigenous People

South Africa: a home more ancient than anyone thought

To an archaeologist, anthropologist or geneticist, South Africa is irresistible

And to tantalise the scientific tastebuds even further, two studies which came out this week and last have found that South Africa holds an even more ancient human history than anyone thought. 426 more words


One Day You Realized

So that one day you realized that what you wanted had already happened, and long ago in the dwelling place in which you lived before you began, and that every step along the way, you carried the heart and the mind and the promise, that first set you off then drew you on, and that: you were marvelous in your simple wish to find a way than the gilded roofs of any destination you could reach: 906 more words

The Last Hunter-Gatherers

“Mutana,” they greeted us with their hands extended, dressed in a unique combination of animal skins and cargo shorts that only the Hadzabe could rock. They spoke only Hadza- not a word Kiswahili and definitely no English. 255 more words