The Khoisan People of Southern Africa Part One
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moncler outlet They comprised of two groups, the pastoral Khoi or Khoikhoi and the foraging San. The word Khoisan is used to differentiate between the aboriginal people of Southern Africa and the Black African or Bantu people. Over time the two groups (Khoi and San) started to adopt some of one another’s ways resulting in moncler coats cheap a merging of their cultures and becoming known collectively as the Khoisan. There has been some disagreement amongst scholars about the two groups remaining separate from one another discount moncler jackets as apposed to the belief that they did at some point in time merge.
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They migrated south from Northern Botswana and reached the Cape area about 2000 years ago. In approximately the 4th Century AD the Bantu people migrated southwards encroaching on the Khoi People, forcing them to move southwards. Others also moved into areas that were more arid such as the Kalahari Desert. Some of those that reached what is now known as Cape Town on the tip of South Africa intermarried with the San People.
They first came into contact with European explorers in 1488 when the Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz came ashore; an altercation between Diaz’s men and the Khoi ensued but the latter retreated. The Dutch explorer Jan van Riebeeck landed in the Cape in 1652 and met with the Khoikhoi. He had come to establish a refuelling station at the Cape, supplying moncler coats for kids fresh food and water to ships on their way to do trade with the East.
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cheap moncler Trade between Khoikhoi and the Dutch and English settlers took place where items moncler outlet store such as nails, brass, trinkets, rice, alcohol and tobacco were exchanged for cattle, sheep and salt. Early settlers sometimes intermarried with the Khoi People resulting in the emergence of cheap moncler a mixed race known as ‘Basters.’
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When the grazing land on the Cape Peninsula was depleted the Khoikhoi moved with their livestock to other parts of the Western Cape to seek out new areas of grazing. As less grazing became available and as the settlers began to own their own animals a clash over grazing areas available moncler jackets for women occurred between the two parties. The settlers established farms on the land they claimed from the Khoi. This resulted in some of the latter mentioned taking to working on farms while others became disgruntled at the lack of grazing moncler outlet online land available and were basically driven off their lands bringing an end to their traditional way of life.
How Did They Live?They lived in villages with often over a hundred occupants in round huts made of thin sapling branches that were placed in the ground, bent over and tied together. The branches were then covered with reed mats for protection from the elements. Animal skins were put against the walls of the huts in winter to keep out the cold. This was a very basic structure but one that served them well as it could be taken apart when they moved, and re assembled in a different area. This occurred when cheap moncler jackets their livestock had nothing more to graze on. They sometimes even left the frames standing to use at a later time when they might return to the area.
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cheap moncler sale The men from one clan were required to find wives from another clan. It is probable that the majority of men found wives within the tribe due to them living near to one another. The headmen of the different clans formed a body which was a form of tribal council.
cheap moncler jackets The Khoi people kept livestock and moncler coats for men their wealth was determined by how much livestock they owned. They had large herds of long horned cattle, fat tailed sheep and goats. This is in contrast to modern society where wealth is determined largely by financial standing.
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What did They Wear?Some illustrations of Moncler online these people were discovered in the National Library of South Africa in 1986 depicting the clothing they wore. These drawings are thought to have been done not later than 1713 by a Dutch colonist. The moncler coats women wore a peaked hat, some discount moncler outlet strings of beads (mostly copper) around the neck, a sheepskin kaross (cloak) across the shoulders and a small apron made of animal skin around the waist. They also wore leggings made of dried raw hide and a leather bag was carried on the back, probably filled with tobacco. They wore ox hide shoes fastened with leather thongs. This indicates that they were skilled in crafting clothing and other items.
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