The storyteller's map: A journey to the land of the |Xam Bushmen

A kokerboom near Olifantsvlei in the Northern Cape. (Kevin Davie)

A kokerboom near Olifantsvlei in the Northern Cape. (Kevin Davie)

More than a century ago, a /Xam Bushman storyteller named //Kabbo made a map showing the places in the arid Northern Cape where he and his people lived. His language, /Xam, is now extinct, but thanks to his map, the places and stories of the people of this ancient culture have not been forgotten. 

Kevin Davie used the map to find the places where the stories of these people took place and discovered etchings and other objects left behind by //Kabbo’s people.

Click the link below to read the story:

The Storyteller’s Map

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Kevin Davie

Kevin Davie

Kevin Davie is M&G's business editor. A journalist for more than 30 years, he has worked in senior positions at most major titles in the country. Davie is a Nieman Fellow (1995-1996) and cyberspace innovator, having co-founded SA's first online-only news portal, Woza, and the first online stockbroking operation. He is a lecturer at Wits Journalism. In his spare time he can be found riding a bicycle, usually somewhere remote. Read more from Kevin Davie


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