The Dobe Juhoansi is an interesting book written by Richard Lee, a talented anthropologist from Toronto, who takes his in-depth and innovative look into the life of a specific group of people who lives in Southern Africa. The first thing that he mentions is that Bushmen are the members of short-statured people who live in this region and survive because of foraging and hunting. This term is considered sexist and racist for historical reasons, but it’s the most widespread term used to describe people who live among the bush of southern Africa.
They are also known as the San, and they are all about a cluster of indigenous people who speak a unique click language and have traditions of living by gathering and hunting. Basically, Lee is focused on studying the border between such African countries as Botswana and Namibia in the area that is known as the Dobe, as this is where a tribe of people called the Dobe Juhonasi lives. The author focuses on a set of important issues of their lifestyle habits and cultural beliefs throughout this book.
Besides, he also offers a lot of valuable information that is divided into 12 chapters that keep drawing deeper into the internal ideas of the Juhoansi culture. The key method of sharing this information is first derived externally with their settings and hunting examples or techniques, and then it moves deeper into other issues, including religion and sexuality. Lee also introduces readers to the social organization, kinship, marriage, social changes, politics, and conflicts of the Juhoansi.
The author starts his case study by offers an interesting statement to the tribulations and trials of locating this tribe. This strategy proves to be quite effective in grasping the attention of the audience toward the immense isolation of this nation. In 1966, most of the Dobe Juhoansi people lived in special camps based on such activities as gathering and hunting, while others were attached to Black-owned cattle posts.
Their road access is quite difficult so that only 1 truck per one month could visit this region. When Botswana became independent in 1966, there were certain changes accelerated and they are still present in this area. In the past, there were no clinics, shops, schools, government feeding programs, boreholes, civil servants, and so on. Nowadays, all of these important social institutions develop, so the Dobe people are transforming into something else.
The Dobe Juhoansi is an interesting book written by Richard Lee, a talented anthropologist from Toronto, who takes his in-depth and innovative look into the life of a specific group of people who lives in Southern Africa. The first thing that he mentions is that Bushmen are the members of short-statured people who live in this region and survive because of foraging and hunting.