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San and the evolution of footwear for foot health

May 17, 2016 by Catherine Willems

San and the evolution of footwear for foot health

Reflections, October 2015. By Catherine Willems. Read More

The Barefoot Academy in the Kalahari

May 14, 2016 by Nanofasa

The Barefoot Academy in the Kalahari

Deep the Kalahari Desert in Namibia live the Ju'/hoan San, some of the last persistence hunters left. Persistence hunting is a rare skill where hunters use a combination of tracking and endurance running to pursue an animal until it collapses from heat exhaustion. This is possible because humans can loose heat by sweating on the move; animals don’t sweat, so they need to stop and rest to reduce their body temperature. Read More

Venturing into the Kalahari

May 12, 2016 by Ben McNutt

Venturing into the Kalahari

It was a perfect African evening; I was sat round the glowing embers of a fire, enjoying the warm breeze, a cold beer, and the company of friends. I had ‘gone bush’ with my partner Lisa, my buddy Werner and two San Bushmen. It had been a long, hot, dusty day of exploring the velt, tracking animals and learning about the San’s bushcraft skills. The conversation had fallen away to a comfortable lull when it was suddenly punctuated by a loud owl hoot. /Ao, the hunter, whispered something to his friend, Amasche, and I asked what he had just said. /Ao explained that the owl was saying that there is an Eland under its tree. Werner grinned and shook his head, saying that it was impossible, there were no Eland in this area. /Ao laughed quietly to himself and conversation soon rekindled with plans for the following day. Read More

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