Ancient Bushman paintings like these can be seen in many parts of South Africa, especially in the Drakensberg mountains. The Bushmen, or San, are thought to have been the first modern human inhabitants of southern Africa. Only a few thousand survive today, living mostly in the desert regions. Their art tells of their ancient lives, with particular emphasis on hunting and the animals around them.
The Bushmen speak one of the oldest forms of language, which includes a variety of clicks they make with their tongues. They became famous worldwide after the 1980 release of the South African movie The Gods Must Be Crazy,
a fictional account of how a Bushman is led from his traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle to adventures in an urban environment.
Bushman rock art today is widely threatened by erosion and vandalism. Some of the best known examples are under protection in South Africa's parks.
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.Bushman and San Paintings
Photograph courtesy South African Tourism