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BORN IN ETOSHA - KEEPING IT ALIVE!

Social organisation

  • Places like ‡Gunub, where the water was too salty for human consumption, were useful to the Hai||om, as they provided them with salt, an important exchange resource.

  • ‡Homob is one of the more important former Hai||om settlements. There were about 40 permanent settlements within the area subsequently defined by the 1970 park boundaries

  • In former times, ||Nasoneb (Rietfontein) was an important Hai||om settlement. Kadisen ||Khumub was born there in 1940.

  • Mina !Noboses, born ||Gamgaebes, was born at Ombika around 1940. As she was a very small baby, she was given the nickname “Ticky”.

  • Stories about the consequences of eating lions reveal that lions, more than other predators, were respected by the Hai||om as colleagues and friends, as equals. Lions were also a source of divine

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