Born in Etosha
living and learning in the wild
A book about the indigenous tribes living in Etosha was recently launched by the Legal Assistance Centre in collaboration with the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA). The book is produced by the Xoms /Omis Project.
The author of the book, titled “Born in Etosha – living and learning in the wild,” Ute Dieckmann, says that the book is written for the Hai//om children who live on farms outside Etosha and in rest camps in Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. “The aim of this publication is to provide these children with some insight into how Hai//om children grew up in Etosha in the past and how their own experiences compare with those of their ancestors,” said Ute.
She added that the book also aims to preserve the knowledge and culture of the Hai//om people and will hopefully be used by future generations. She said the book is not only for Hai//om children but also to benefit other children from different backgrounds to provide a process of self-assessment and comparison. The book will be distributed to schools around Etosha and will be sold in bookshops across the country.