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Title:The roles of applied and development anthropology and archaeology among the San of Botswana
Author:Hitchcock, Robert K.ISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
anthropological research
land rights
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
San (African people)
Applied anthropology
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40980366
Abstract:Anthropologists have had the opportunity to play a role in carrying out research and engaging in development activities which have gone at least some way toward assisting San to have their social, economic and political rights recognized. Today, the San are doing much of this work and are setting the agenda themselves, which is as it should be. The author, who has been involved in research among the San since 1975 and who served as co-president of the Kalahari Peoples Fund for a number of years, discusses some of the ways in which archaeological and anthropological research has contributed to the well-being of the San in Botswana. He pays particular attention to the work of the University of New Mexico Kalahari Project of 1975-1976. Amongst the topics with which anthropologists grappled were San land rights, the coping mechanisms of San peoples in the face of environmental and economic stress in ecosystems, and issues relating to subsistence hunting and food self-sufficiency. Anthropologists have also attempted to have some influence in the area of education, in particular with respect to the teaching of mother-tongue San languages at school. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]