In and out of the bush

Kalahari Desert Botswana

The Bushmen don’t have any knowledge of time; the old men don’t have any precise age. Yet they know that it will rain sometime in the future. They drink water from bulb plants and teach their kids to find scorpions and use them as toys. They start a fire just like in one of those watercolour illustrations in old history books. They are merry and have a strong sense of community. They wear leather sandals on almost bare feet and clothes made from animal skins on almost bare bodies. They walk on grass to avoid sinking in wet sand. Their language is made of ‘click’ sounds; their games are jokes aimed at confusing their rivals.

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