Why Ostriches Don't Fly and Other Tales from the African Bush [NOOK Book]

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Ancestors of the nomadic group called San (or Bushmen) once roamed the northern territories of Africa and the Mediterranean. Now inhabiting the Kalahari desert (the place that dried up long ago) in South Africa, these fascinating people are known for their astonishing memory, extraordinary talents for hunting and tracking, superior abilities for finding food and water, and great storytelling. Here then is a portrait of one of the world's oldest and most remarkable cultures and its environment. The group's ...

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Why Ostriches Don't Fly and Other Tales from the African Bush

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Overview

Ancestors of the nomadic group called San (or Bushmen) once roamed the northern territories of Africa and the Mediterranean. Now inhabiting the Kalahari desert (the place that dried up long ago) in South Africa, these fascinating people are known for their astonishing memory, extraordinary talents for hunting and tracking, superior abilities for finding food and water, and great storytelling. Here then is a portrait of one of the world's oldest and most remarkable cultures and its environment. The group's history, nomadic way of life, beliefs, customs, and stories are offered to readers with exquisite illustrations and color photographs of people, animals, and the land. Fifteen traditional tales, such as The Rain Bull, The First Tug-of-War, In Search of the Golden Prize, and All the Stars of Heaven, are presented in poetic verse and juxtaposed with commentary on the challenges this group faces today. The author has also included a glossary and a bibliography of resources for further study.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313070006
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/1997
  • Series: World Folklore Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Dedication
Preface
Map of Southern Africa
A Gentle People in the Thirstland
The Harmless People: The Bushmen and Their Culture
The Life of the Bushmen Today
Color Plates
All the Stars and the Heavens 1
Mantis Comes to Life 7
How the World Came into Being 13
The Hare's Split Lip 19
The Rain Bull 23
The First Tug-of-War 29
Bow and Arrow 35
Where Are All the Big Feet? 47
In Search of the Golden Prize 55
The Beginning of All Ostriches 63
The Brave Mrs. Ostrich 67
Gemsbok Gets His Horns 73
The Race 79
Who Is the Greatest of Them All? 85
Why Ostriches Don't Fly 91
Glossary 97
Bibliography 101
About the Author 105
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