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Resources

Below is an archive of resouces made available through donations from  members of the San community, as well as professional anthropologists  and linguists working with the San people. To suggest or donate a new  resource, please email us at: information@kalaharipeoples.org
Ju/’hoan Folktales: Transcriptions and English Translations

This Ju|'hoan-language literacy  primer has been produced by the  Ju|'hoan Transcription Group,  active since 2002 in Nyae Nyae,  Namibia. The members of the  Transcription Group, all Ju|'hoan  men and women, transcribed and  translated versions of Ju|'hoan  folktales recorded in Botswana  and Namibia between 1971 and  2006, to prepare the selections  for the primer.

 

Meant as literacy  study materials for youth and  adults of the Ju|'hoan  communities of both countries,  the fourteen selected tales are  arranged in order of increasing  length and complexity. The tales  are not compilations from  various versions, but faithful  renderings of specific recordings.  They are accompanied by both  literal, line-by-line English  translations and short English  synopses

 

$15 plus shipping & handling

The 'Music of the Kalahari San'  CD features San healing songs  featuring voices, instruments, and  drums. The CD has 18 tracks and  is 70 minutes in length.

 

All proceeds are returned to the  San Communities in which the  Kalahari Peoples Fund serves.

 

$15 plus shipping & handling

The Ju/'hoan San of Nyae Nyae and Namibian Independence: Development, Democracy, and Indigenous Voices in Southern Africa

The Ju/'hoan San, or Ju/'hoansi,  of Namibia and Botswana are  perhaps the most fully described  indigenous people in all of  anthropology. This is the story of  how this group of former hunter-gatherers, speaking an exotic click language, formed a grassroots movement that led them to bcome a dynamic part  of the new nation that grew from  the ashes of apartheid Southwest Africa.

 

While coverage of this group in the writings of Richard Lee, Lorna Marshall, Elizabeth  Marshall Thomas, and films by John Marshall includes extensive information on their traditional  ways of life, this book continues  the story as it has unfolded since 1990.

 

Peopled with accounts of and from contemporary Ju/'hoan people, the book gives newly-literate Ju/'hoansi the chance to  address the world with their own voices. In doing so, the images and myths of the Ju/'hoan and other San (previously called  Bushmen") as either noble savages or helpless victims are discredited.

 

This important book demonstrates the responsiveness of current anthropological  advocacy to the aspirations of one of the best-known indigenous societies.

International, National, and Community-Based Organizations involving San and other Groups in Southern Africa