Competition between foragers and food producers on the Botletli River, Botswana

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Anthropology
Creator Cashdan, Elizabeth A.
Title Competition between foragers and food producers on the Botletli River, Botswana
Date 1986
Description The immigration of food-producing groups into areas occupied by hunters and gatherers must have been a common occurrence in prehistory. How were the hunter-gatherers affected by this? I describe here two groups of Kalahari Basarwa ('Bushmen'), one living along the flood plain of the lower Botletli river, the other occupying the savanna a short distance away from the river. These two groups differed in subsistence and social organisation and were affected by immigrant herders and farmers in strikingly different ways. Today the Basarwa of the flood plain are wealthy cattle owners, whereas those of the savanna are poor and have few or no cattle. How and why did the two groups respond so differently to the same competitive threat?
Type Text
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Volume 56
First Page 299
Last Page 317
Subject Kalahari Basarwa; Bushmen; Foraging; Cattle
Subject LCSH San (African people); Cattle herding; Hunting and gathering societies
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Cashdan, E. A. (1986). Competition between foragers and food producers on the Botletli River, Botswana. Africa, 56, 299-317.
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