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Khoisan protestors occupy buildings in South Africa.

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posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 11:57 PM
The Khoi and San people are considered to be the true indigenous people of South Africa.

Traditionally the Khoi practiced nomadic pastoralism, while the San were hunter-gatherers.
Racially and linguistically they were however considered distinct to other groups.
In older books they may also be called "hottentots" and "bushmen", although today they prefer tribal names, and the "Khoisan movement" is a collective term for the political aboriginal movement in SA.

For many the language and culture disappeared two centuries ago, and the descendents were classed as "coloreds" under apartheid, and the label is still applied today.
A common way of putting it is that first the Khoisan weren't white enough, and now they're not black enough to really benefit from state policies.

There has been a growing Khoisan revival and awareness of history.
Other people remain skeptical, and eschew such labels.

This week the Khoisan occupied buildings in Cape Town:

For more:
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posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 12:50 AM
Last year Khoisan activists renamed Cape Town //Hui !Gaeb (the added marks stand for click sounds).

Here they explain what it means (Where the clouds gather), and how to pronounce it:

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posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 03:24 AM
Hi there Halfoldman-when I read this I had an immediate flashback to my childhood and school trips to the museum in the Company Gardens-i don't know if you lived close enough to go?If you did,do you remember the displays behind glass,of the KhoiSan?That was always a big favorite of mine,it was such an institution,those displays,and Fascinating,I heard the ANC government had all those displays removed because they deemed it racist
The Khoisan is and always were a wise and noble people for whom I have the highest respect and affection,a remarkable race of people who were the Ultimate in survival specialists,it never ceases to amaze me how they thrived in the arid desert regions where they chose to abide.They were indeed the original inhabitants,as far as I heard,I think the black tribes migrated from further north,originally.A unique and magnificent race,I do hope they can keep their old way of life alive as the world gets ever more modern+hi tech,often to the detriment of tribes/races as these.I cannot watch the vid at the moment,what exactly is the reason for their occupy?
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posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 05:59 AM
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I remember the Cape Town Museum very well.

The dioramas were always considered world class.
They are in fact casts of people.

As far as I know there was a lengthy consultation with Khoisan groups.

There was a compromise that made nobody particularly happy at first.

It was that the nudity of the women should be covered (the men wear loin cloths anyway).

This was done fairly creatively.

There's a picture in this link:

I don't think it's terrible, or a train smash.

I think the occupation of the apartments was to highlight the presence of the Khoisan people today.
I think it was also a wry comment on politics and tokenism, when the Khoisan people continue to suffer on their historical land.

posted on Jun, 22 2013 @ 12:51 PM
An argument from the aboriginal people of South Africa:

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