The Khoisan are a cluster of southern African peoples, including the famous Bushmen or San 'hunters', the Khoekhoe 'herders' (in the past called 'Hottentots'), and the Damara, also a herding people. Most Khoisan live in the Kalahari desert and surrounding areas of Botswana and Namibia. In spite of differences in their way of life, the various groups have much in common, and this book explores these similarities and the influence of environment and history on aspects of Khoisan culture. This is the first book on the Khoisan as a whole since the publication in 1930 of The Khoisan Peoples of South Africa, by Isaac Schapera, doyen of southern African studies.
Table of Contents
A note on orthography
Part I. The Khoisan Peoples: 1. Introduction
2. Ethnic classification, origins, and history
of the Khoisan peoples
Part II. A Survey of Khoisan Ethnography: 3.
4. The !Xo and Eastern Hoa
5. The southern Bushmen
6. The G/wi and G//ana of the central Kalahari
7. The eastern and northern Khoe Bushmen
8. The Nharo
9. The Cape Khoekhoe and Korana
10. The Nama and others
11. The Damara and Hai//om
Part III. Comparisons and Transformations: 12.
Settlement and territoriality among the
13. Politics and exchange in Khoisan society
14. Aspects of Khoisan religious ideology
15. Bushman kinship: correspondences and
16. Khoe kinship: underlying structures and