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Languages and Writing

By |2018-04-23T15:33:13+00:00July 27th, 2017|Literature|

Cuneiform tablet from West Asia Most people in the ancient Mediterranean and West Asian areas spoke languages that divided into two groups. One language group is Indo-European and the other group is Semitic. In southern Africa, most people spoke either a Bantu language or a Khoisan language. Indian people spoke Dravidian languages. Central Asian people spoke variations of Turkic [...]

What are nomads? Definition and examples

By |2017-06-29T23:17:42+00:00June 29th, 2017|Government, History|

Khoisan painting at Springfontein, Zimbabwe Nomads are people who travel around from place to place without having one settled place where they live. Many are hunters and gatherers like the San. Often they are shepherds, goatherds, or cattle herders. Sometimes nomads do stay in one place all winter, and only travel in the [...]

Drawing rock art – African art project

By |2018-04-21T12:09:34+00:00June 11th, 2017|Africa, Art, Crafts|

Khoisan painting at Springfontein, Zimbabwe Khoisan rock art was a way for artists in southern Africa to show their dreams and ideas about how the world worked, or should work. And it was a way to remember things that had happened. The artists drew these pictures for their ancestors, or for their gods. [...]

African Economy Learning Activity

By |2018-04-09T10:31:08+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Africa, Crafts, Economy|

African salt caravan To have a chance to think about what these economic trades would have meant to African people, imagine you are one of these people (if you're in a class, a group of kids can be each person). Think about what you might buy from the other people, and what you [...]

San Rock Art

By |2018-04-11T21:02:23+00:00May 19th, 2017|Africa, Art|

When did San people start painting rock art? Khoisan rock painting from South Africa San people have been living in southern Africa since there first were human beings anywhere, maybe about 100,000 years ago. There are more than 14,000 of these paintings in South Africa. Nobody knows when San artists first started making [...]

!Kung – African Language

By |2017-05-23T16:28:23+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History, Literature|

Khoisan people from South Africa spoke the !Kung language. It is probably the closest we can come to what the earliest languages sounded like. !Kung is a click language. The ! in the name of the language represents a clicking sound that !Kung speakers make with their tongue. Of all the languages in the world, [...]

The Khoikhoi and the San – South African History

By |2018-04-05T16:39:43+00:00May 18th, 2017|Africa, History|

Early Khoisan art from Blombos Cave, South Africa (ca. 80,000 BC) South Africans get isolated The people who became the Khoisan started to split off from other humans about 200,000 years ago (as DNA shows), and were completely separate from other people by 100,000 years ago. They arrived in South Africa, either walking [...]