Xushe and Her Father Xexew, San Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana<br />
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Xexew is a traditional shaman healer that leads restorative trances within his tribe in the Kalahari Desert. The San Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa where they’ve lived as hunter-gatherers for 20,000 years. The discovery of diamonds in the 1980’s caused many of the Bushman to lose their ancestral land and the right to hunt on it. They are intuitive trackers when hunting with their bows and arrows, sharing an intimate knowledge of the natural world. <br />
The San people can detect where to dig for the tubers and small melons that they once relied on for rehydration, ignite fires from brush as well as distinguish which berries and herbs can be used for eating and repelling insects. <br />
Xexew teaches his daughter the traditions of their culture in the hope that she’ll pass the unique knowledge on to her children. Unfortunately, these all-important life survival skills in the bush give little preparation to the next generation now forced to make a living in the modern world with which they are now merging.

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Xushe and Her Father Xexew, San Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert, Botswana

Xexew is a traditional shaman healer that leads restorative trances within his tribe in the Kalahari Desert. The San Bushmen are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa where they’ve lived as hunter-gatherers for 20,000 years. The discovery of diamonds in the 1980’s caused many of the Bushman to lose their ancestral land and the right to hunt on it. They are intuitive trackers when hunting with...
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  • Date: 25 May 2018
  • Location: Feline Fields Botswana Botswana, Africa
  • Filename: 07_16_AWright_Botswana_20049.tif
  • Image size: 5568x3712 pixels