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The San People

 

In honour of Heritage month and since we had some representatives from the !Khwa ttu Heritage Festival on our show let’s take a brief look at SA’s resident ancestors the San people and their history in the country.

The San were the first people to live in South Africa. They were known to colonists as “Bushmen” because of their hunter gatherer way of life. Generally speaking there are 2 main languages they spoke; Khoikhoi and San with many dialects, most of which were never recorded.

The San moved all over southern Africa because of their hunter gatherer nature. They moved between the dense forests and regular rainfall in the east to the more desert like parts in the northwest of SA, the San really lived where ever food and water was readily available.

Evidence of the San people’s lives and travels can be found in bone fragments from ancient peoples, pottery and beadwork, tools and rock art paintings which serve and prehistoric history books as they recorded stories, legends and events of the San people.

This was just a brief overview of this incredible group of people whos heritage and culture has persevered through the years. They are survived by their descendants and those who carry on their legacy. Do you guys know any other cool facts about the San People?

 
 

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