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:
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 racistThe
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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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.
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