Botswana - Borrowed Paradise | Photography by Will Crites-Krumm
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The San

Thakadu, Botswana

The San People are the indigenous inhabitants of the Kalahari and Botswana's oldest ethnic group, although the government doesn't seem to want to think that. Over their long history they have developed cultural practices that allow them to thrive in an incredibly dry environment, one where it doesn't rain at all for months on end, and the only sources of surface water are hundreds of miles away. Some of these include burying gaskets of water during the rainy season so that they can be dug up during the rainy season and squeezing every last drop of water out of a peculiar type of melon that grows out in the bush. Here, a family poses for our Botswana Study Abroad program in a mock-up of one of the nomadic peoples' outposts.