Thursday, 23 June 2016

438 | In the days before supermarkets


Omandumba is home to a living museum of the Ju/'Hoansi San tribe.

Living in the surroundings, these ancient people will sing and dance for guests, show how they built their huts with grass.

San guides will explain how they used to make their bows and arrows and how they hunted with them.

They also show how they set traps and snares for small mammals. In the days before firearms and supermarkets you had to get hold of your meals in the most reliable and energy-saving way when you were hungry. Straight talking - a matter of survival, not cruelty as city dwellers might think today.

The guides also show and explain how they produce jewellery of eggshells and other artefacts, how certain plants are used as food or medicine and how to light a fire by twirling fire sticks between the palms of your hands.

This project earns the San people an important income, reminds them of their ancient traditions and demonstrate visitors their traditional way of life.

For the support in welfare and tourism the Ju/'Hoansi San received a two penguin-rated Welfare and Tourism Support 2016 Award from BirdsConTour.

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