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Title:'We Are the First People': Land, Natural Resources and Identity in the Central Kalahari, Botswana
Author:Hitchcock, Robert K.
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:Botswana
minority groups
group rights
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Ethnic and Race Relations
Law, Human Rights and Violence
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/823352
Abstract:This article focuses on the ways in which the San and another minority group, the Bakgalagadi, have been treated over the time in Botswana, with particular emphasis on the people residing in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. It deals specifically with the roles of various institutions and individuals, including the Botswana government, advocacy groups, donors, community-based organizations and the San and Bakgalagadi themselves, in promoting minority rights, especially those relating to land, natural resources and identity. Some San organizations, such as First People of the Kalahari, attempted to use the contentious issue of being 'indigenous' as a means of arguing of rights to land and resources. In the end, efforts to promote indigenous rights and the filing of a legal land claim in the High Court were unsuccessful in preventing the removals of people from their ancestral territories in the Central Kalahari. Notes, ref., sum. (Journal abstract, edited)