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Bushmen : Kalahari hunter-gatherers and their descendants

Author: Alan Barnard
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : No Linguistic Content
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The hunter-gatherers of southern Africa known as 'Bushmen' or 'San' are not one single ethnic group, but several. They speak a diverse variety of languages, and have many different settlement patterns, kinship systems and economic practices. The fact that we think of them as a unity is not as strange as it may seem, for they share a common origin: they are an original hunter-gatherer population of southern Africa  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Barnard
ISBN: 9781108289603 1108289606
OCLC Number: 1112495969
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 206 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title page; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Pronunciation and Orthography; 1 Bushmen: Unity and Diversity; 2 The Politics of Indigeneity; 3 How Far Back Can We Go?; 4 Discovery and Destruction of the /Xam; 5 The !Xoõ and Their Neighbours; 6 G/wi, G//ana and the Central Kalahari; 7 Naro: 'Central', 'Northern' or Unique?; 8 Ju/'hoansi or !Kung: Classic San; 9 Hai//om: Khoekhoe-Speaking San; 10 Bushmen of the Okavango; 11 Sharing the Land with Others; 12 Conclusions; References; Index
Other Titles: Kalahari hunter-gatherers and their descendants
Responsibility: Alan Barnard.

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The hunter-gatherers of southern Africa known as 'Bushmen' or 'San' are not one single ethnic group, but several. They speak a diverse variety of languages, and have many different settlement patterns, kinship systems and economic practices. The fact that we think of them as a unity is not as strange as it may seem, for they share a common origin: they are an original hunter-gatherer population of southern Africa with a history of many thousands of years on the subcontinent. Drawing on his four decades of field research in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, Alan Barnard provides a detailed account of Bushmen or San, covering ethnography, archaeology, folklore, religious studies and rock-art studies as well as several other fields. Its wide coverage includes social development and politics, both historically and in the present day, helping us to reconstruct both human prehistory and a better understanding of ourselves.

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