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The !Kung who are called Bushman or San live in and around the Kalahari desert. The Kalahari is one of the largest, continuous sand surfaces in the world, and unlike other deserts, the Kalahari is considered semidesert because the rainfall amounts vary from six to eighteen inches per year (Marshall, 1976, p.62). This semidesert environment shapes the lifestyle and habits of the !Kung. These people endure enormous hardship because of the bleak conditions in the desert, …

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…and perceptions. The government has tried to assimilate them into western culture by teaching them agriculture and pastoralism, and enforcing laws against killing big game animals. Unfortunately, this has caused a dramatic change in the !Kung's way of life. Bibliography 1) Marshall, Lorna. The !Kung of Nyae Nyae. London: Harvard University Press, 1976. 2) Shostak, Marjorie. Nisa. New York: Vintage Books, 1981. 3) Van Der Post, Laurens and Jane Taylor. Testament to the Bushmen. New York: Viking Books, 1984 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography**