Cultural Experience Proposal



Cultural Experience Proposal

LED 520 Module 2-Case

Introduction and Background

Every society across the world have been influenced by continued developments as well as technological advancements. Few cultural groups preserve their traditional ways of life. The majority have embraced the new technological changes and introduced them into their traditional practices to come up with hybrid culture models. Some cultural groups have fully disowned their traditional and embraced western cultures so as to align their groups with the current development. Botswana remains as one of the few countries with cultural groups that have retained their traditional way of life despite the immense pressure from the government of the day. The San cultural group is one of the most persecuted groups within Botswana.

The efforts by the Botswana governments to preserve central Kalahari Game Reserve as one of the country tourist’s destination have seen the San cultural group forced out of their ancestral land. During the evictions, San group have lost their ancestral land that used to be their lifeline as hunters and gatherers. Currently, most of the San cultural groups live in small settlements across the country. My first contact with the San group was through a military soldier that I met at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) on the Air Force base I work at. After talking to him about his country and culture, I did some research and saw a documentary titled Hunters of the Lost World done by National Geographic. The documentary shows an incredible courage and characteristics possessed by the group while hunting. The military soldier and the documentary triggered my urge to experience the activity one on one for myself.


· The aim of my research would be focusing on the plight of the San people and the factors risking eradicating their traditional ways of life in Botswana.

San as a cultural Group

San group qualifies to be classified as a cultural group because they possess all the elements defining any cultural grouping. First, San people have their own unique language that suits their hunting lifestyle (Joseph, 2004). Although the majority of the San people speak Setswana language, the groups further have their own traditional language popularly used during hunting. The group uses click sound language to communicate during hunting. The group believes that click sound language is unique and hardly identified by wild animals.

The second element that defines San as a cultural group is having their own foods that make it hard for them to survive the harsh desert conditions (Winchester, 2009). Their main diet is made up of Nama. Nama in Botswana means meat. The group hardly ends their week without having Nama in their menu. The meat is sourced from wild animals but the evictions from ancestral lands have seen them embrace the concept of domesticated animals. To supplement meat the group further embarks on a gathering of wild fruits and roots. The group further has their unique art and music. The art ranges from making their own hand tools for use during hunting as well as using animal skins and products to make different products for home use such as water containers.

Cultural Activity

This year I am planning to attend learn about the San cultural group of Botswana through Kuru Dance Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at The Defense Language Institute (DLI) located on Lackland AFB, TX on 24-25 August 2018. A small group of military soldiers who are from Botswana will be holding a festival on the Air Force base I work on at the Defense Language Institute. The festival aims at creating more awareness and uplifts the interests of the San cultural group by promoting and allowing the group to continue upholding their cultural identity without interference from the government and other groups. The festival involves showcasing San dances, foods crafts, music, and storytelling. The two-day event will offer me a noble opportunity to interact with the San group members. The interactions will be vital towards learning more about San culture and the challenges they cultural group is currently experiencing in their quest to uphold their traditional cultural standards. The festival is owned by organizations that have San interest at heart. As result, my attendance will have no dominance a move that would allow me to interact with the group members well.

Research team

Since I will conduct research activities about San group on my own, the process will be highly enhanced by recruiting a local researcher too who would help establish effective interactions. The researcher will also help interpret the San languages as well as lifestyles.


The project will be founded on the two days provided for by the festival. Two days will offer more than the two hours needed to build my cultural experience with the San cultural group.

I have chosen Latin American culture and the second option for carrying out the study.


Joseph, J. E. (2004). Language and Identity. National, Ethnic, Religious. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Winchester, J. (2009). The self Concept, Culture and Culture Identity: An Examination of the Verbal Expression of the Self Concept in an Intercultural Context. Linguistics Journal, 1708-2301.