A crash course in Khoisan history

Chief Dan Julius is a historian, and expert on human migration, the origins of the Khoisan and where they settled.

Julius says that 5 main groups exist under the Khoisan. He adds that this includes the KhoiKhoi, the San, and the Nama.

Now the KhoiKhoi, they are basically your gatherers.

Chief Dan Julius, historian

Julius says that the KhoiKhoi had livestock and were previously known as Hottentots or the Bushmen. He adds that the language the KhoiKhoi speak is the same as the language you would see on the coat of arms.

It is the same language that we see on the coat of arms which means unity in our diversity because they are 5 diverse groups.

Chief Dan Julius, historian

Julius says that the San were the hunters. He adds that they preferred to be called by another name because they feel like the San is a derogatory term.

Most of them were pushed out as the whites came in and as the blacks came down from the North.

Chief Dan Julius, historian

Julius adds that the San were were pushed out into the Kalahari Desert.

The Nama’s reside in an area in Namaqualand, Namibia says Julius. He adds that they are well known for the Nama Riel dance.

To hear about the 2 other main groups that for part of the Khoisan, click on the audio below…


This article first appeared on 702 : A crash course in Khoisan history


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