Hadzabe Bushmen: The last of the first peoples on earth

I was introduced to the Hadzabe  ( ‘Hadza,’ feminine plural form) tribe in Tanzania while doing some field research in the Serengeti   Tanzania   following months of teaching in a Maasai village in Kenya . I had no idea what to expect and had trepidations, as I had never met with a hunter-gatherer tribe before. I was joined by my interpreter who knew the tribe well. Since my initial visit, I have …

Hadzabe Bushmen: The last of the first peoples on earth

I was introduced to the Hadzabe  ( ‘Hadza,’ feminine plural form) tribe in Tanzania while doing some field research in the Serengeti   Tanzania   following months of teaching in a Maasai village in Kenya . I had no idea what to expect and had trepidations, as I had never met with a hunter-gatherer tribe before. I was joined by my interpreter who knew the tribe well. Since my initial visit, I have …

Sharing the Cape with boisterous baboons

Our suburbs have increasingly consumed baboon habitat. The natural forests and coastal environments which were historically the Cape Baboon’s habitat – the same places we have come to love for its beautiful scenery and living environments. With competition for space and a diminishing amount of natural predators, baboon-human conflict could almost have been expected. The City of Cape Town has exper…

Sharing the Cape with boisterous baboons

Our suburbs have increasingly consumed baboon habitat. The natural forests and coastal environments which were historically the Cape Baboon’s habitat – the same places we have come to love for its beautiful scenery and living environments. With competition for space and a diminishing amount of natural predators, baboon-human conflict could almost have been expected. The City of Cape Town has exper…

Up a baobab tree without a bottle: hunting with the last bushmen on earth

Hunting with the Hadzabe in Tanzania’s Rift Valley

During the dry season when the Hadzabe bushmen who have been living in Tanzania’s Rift Valley since the last Ice Age get thirsty hunting game, they simply look for the nearest baobab tree. Once found, three bushmen wearing baboon skins scurry 50 feet up its trunk in their bare feet. I had no idea what they were doing at first. In about two minu…

Up a baobab tree without a bottle: hunting with the last bushmen on earth

Hunting with the Hadzabe in Tanzania’s Rift Valley

During the dry season when the Hadzabe bushmen who have been living in Tanzania’s Rift Valley since the last Ice Age get thirsty hunting game, they simply look for the nearest baobab tree. Once found, three bushmen wearing baboon skins scurry 50 feet up its trunk in their bare feet. I had no idea what they were doing at first. In about two minu…

Cultural tourism can make a difference!

I am involved working with diverse rural ethnic communities in remote areas of the East African bush. When I first met them, I was fascinated by way they looked, lived and survived in the harsh African bush. I am still fascinated by them. As a Westerner in Africa for humanitarian relief purposes, I was concerned about their physical and cultural survival. As a student of culture, I was interested …

Cultural tourism can make a difference!

I am involved working with diverse rural ethnic communities in remote areas of the East African bush. When I first met them, I was fascinated by way they looked, lived and survived in the harsh African bush. I am still fascinated by them. As a Westerner in Africa for humanitarian relief purposes, I was concerned about their physical and cultural survival. As a student of culture, I was interested …