Comparing The Bushmen People Of The Dobe Essay

1281 Words Apr 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Up until the mid-1960’s the Bushmen people of the Dobe lead a highly mobile lifestyle composed of hunting and gathering. In order to survive these people had to forage for wild plants and hunt for game. These groups had flexible gender roles in terms of responsibilities, the men mainly did the hunting while the women did most of the gathering. There are of course exceptions to this, a man could help gather food in his spare time and a skilled woman could help the men hunt for meat. These people lived a nomadic existence, moving often during the rainy seasons and returning to one of the several permanent waterholes in the dry season. Before they relocated, they made sure to never completely deplete their resources. These people lived a simple life of leisure, their main activities included social gatherings in which they told stories and shared handmade items with the rest of the group members. They did not have many responsibilities outside of food gathering; they did not own material possessions or domesticated animals, with the exception of hunting dogs, and alcohol was unknown. There were no schools, clinics, stores, or government interference in their lives.
In 1966, when Botswana gained independence life for the Bushmen people changed dramatically, and at a rapid pace. In the space of only 40 years, the Ju/’hoansi have gone from a simple, uncomplicated life to adapting to a modern, global society, forced colonization, and understanding a monetary economy. While the…

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