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Ju Wasi

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on 22 January 2015

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Transcript of Ju Wasi

The entire society is built around waterholes.
The Ju Wasi know where to find their food and water.
They live in harmony with nature and treat it with respect
Ju Wasi only use what they need for living.
Individualistic? Or Collectivistic?

The Ju Wasi belong to a collectivistic culture.
The needs of the group are much more important than the needs of an individual.
They share everything.
Thank you!
Who are the Ju Wasi?
Ju Wasi are referred to as Bushmen by early Europeans and as !Kung by anthropologists.
They are one of the first and now one of the last existing hunting and gathering societies.
They have been around for at least 20,000 years.
They are residing in northeastern Namibia and the northwestern Kalahari Desert region of Botswana.
Ju Wasi are last of their kind to live like this

Video Time
This short film will demonstrate how important sharing is to the Ju Wasi

Ju Wasi
Location: Southwest Africa
Monochronic or Polychronic?
More towards the polychronic side
Ju Wasi have no clocks, calendars, and no concept of what week or month is.
They do things as necessary as they come up, with out imposing a rigid time structure on their lives.
Egalitarian.. say what??
One of the closest groups to being completely equal.
Unknown of crime, punishment or laws.
Trusting and good-natured
Live together peacefully
Two people with the same name, even if not related, are considered connected by culture.
Extramarital affairs are the most common cause of conflict or even violence of this culture
Young females often don't want to get married and will kick and scream in retaliation.
Territory Taken Over
Modern societies have not been kind to groups that have retained or tried to retain a way of life that is thousand of years old.
By coming into contact with these people it has not fared well.
Cultural extermination is taking place
South African Government started to take over -> they crowded over 1,000 people into a settlement where they had to start living a different life.
Live together in small family groups
Live in huts with very little space
Physically close together and are very comfortable with it
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