This is the true story of Exodus, the inevitable journey of the last of the First People, as they leave the Great Sand Face and head for the modern world and cultural oblivion.
Paul John Myburgh spent seven years with the ‘People of the Great Sand Face’, a group of /Gwikwe Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. For Paul, they were years of physical and spiritual immersion into a way of life of which only an echo remains in living memory.
But all does not end there. In The Bushman Winter Has Come, the author imagines a continuing journey towards a place where we may, once again, know who we are in the context of our life on this earth … towards a time when we may answer the /Gwikwe’s morning greeting, Tsamkwa/tge? (Are your eyes nicely open?) with a confident Yes.
“YGuam/tge … here on the Great Sand Face it feels like being at the centre of the earth. It is not the people who decide what sort of day it will be, it is the day who decides how the people shall be … and today we are gentle, like small soft clouds spread across the early African sky.”
This book is an in-depth first-hand account of a group of /Gwikwe Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. It is one of the most, if not the most authentic accounts to date.
About the author
Paul John Myburgh (above), anthropologist and multiple award-winning documentary filmmaker, has had a life-long commitment to Africa that transcends the boundaries of politics and ideology. Apart from many years shared with the First People, he has spent the last sixteen years working on the story of the excavation of the Little Foot fossilised skeleton in the Cradle of Humankind. Visit Paul’s blog here.