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Bushmen | Tribe, Culture and Traditions

Aga Szydlik | MA, Namibia

Bushman tribe social structure resembles a loosely knit family, where decisions are made by discussion and agreement by consensus.

Bushman tribe are aboriginal to sub-Saharan Africa and are the first inhabitant of South Africa. Members of the tribe are known as 'Bushman' or 'San', their genetic origins reach to over a million years ago, revealing the oldest gene pattern amongst modern humans, supporting the evidence that San is the closest surviving relative of the original Homo sapiens and ancestor of contemporary humanity. The indigenous identity of Bushmen tribe is based on their language and culture, families within a clan would speak a common language but neighbouring clans would usually speak a different tongue, with a fair degree of similarity and understanding between them.

Less than 3,000 of the tribe members have retained their traditional lifestyle of hunters and gatherers, following ancient Bushmen tribe is famous for their tracking skills. Using traps, bows, spears, and arrows coated with various toxins, such as snake venom, poisonous caterpillar, or a toxic plant, they are able to track animals for days across the desert plains. Bushman tribe social structure resembles a loosely knit family, where decisions are made by discussion and agreement by consensus.

Aga Szydlik is a scientist and a photographer based in Boston, whose main focus is on cultural and documentary photography. She is passionate about exploring the world and in complete immersion in the culture she documents. Through her photography, she aims to tell the story of people she meets and the stories they tell her. Aga is passionate about capturing emotions, rituals and everyday situations in different social contexts such focused on cultural, humanitarian and ecological issues impacting the environment and human life.





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