Recently, while on one of my Bespoke Best of Botswana safaris, I had the privilege of spending time with direct Bushman descendants. The experience was just incredible and witnessing a reenactment of how the Bushman used to hunt and gather was truly enjoyable. The Bushman culture is the oldest culture on the planet and sadly the ‘true bushman’ has almost altogether vanished. To illustrate this vanishing culture, I have included a few abstract and smoke-obscured portraits of these beautiful beings. The oldest man depicted in the gallery, used to actually live and hunt in what is now the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Where There Is Smoke - This young bushman is preserving the art of starting a fire with sticks (Botswana).
Shadows From the Past - In the dust and shadows, Bushman used to hunt springhare, as this scene depicts (Botswana).
The Hunter - The Botswana government recently outlawed hunting and this law applies to the original 'hunter gatherers' too. Their way of life is no more. This hunter used to hunt in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve like all his ancestors did for thousands of years, but he is no longer allowed to.
Bushman Storytelling - Here an old bushman tells stories of how he used to hunt in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana.
Young Apprentice - A young Bushman boy is getting a lesson in the ancient survival art of hunting. His own government moved him out of his ancestral hunting grounds, and bought him a herd of goats instead (Botswana).
Vanishing Portrait (not for sale) - A vanishing culture, captured through the smoke of a Bushman's fire (Botswana).
Beyond Beautiful (not for sale): A Bushman lady sits around a fire and enjoys a traditional game with much smiling and laughter (Botswana).