THE HISTORY HUNTER

In 2007, I hosted, co-created, and co-executive produced a TV pilot for the History Channel with the Khoisan Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. Spending two weeks with the San—both on and off camera—was one of the more vivid experiences of my life. For centuries the San have been nomadic and now, as a result of efforts to privatize land on their migratory route, they lead a sedentary lifestyle. Thus we found ourselves in a bizarre, time-warped tunnel of interest in the other’s culture; I was trying to learn their ancestral techniques for hunting, and they were eager to dress in western clothes when we weren’t shooting.

In the above image, I am learning about the Bushmen’s arrows, which they smear with a neurotoxin from the Diamphidia beetle. When they shoot an animal, they track it over several days as the toxin starts to wear down their prey.

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