Challenges of Preserving Oral Traditions

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CHALLENGES OF PRESERVING ORAL TRADITIONS AMONG BASARWA TRIBE

MODISE JUDGE 201201027
THATO KGAKGE 201203471
DOREEN PHALE 201204113

ABSTRACT

Basarwa are faced with huge responsibilities of preserving their Oral Traditions. This project has been written to address issues that Basarwa are facing. All the importance and challenges of Oral Traditions among Basarwa are covered in this project, making it a basic text for Basarwa tribe whom would want to preserve their Oral Traditions and overcome all challenges they are faced with in preserving Oral Traditions amongst themselves.

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DETAILED ESSAY OUTLINE
The San are the oldest inhabitants of Southern Africa where it is believed they have originated and have been estimated to have to have lived in Southern Africa for at least 20 000years. The following are Challenges of Preserving Oral Traditions among Basarwa Tribe. LANGUAGE BARRIERS

Language is also a challenge towards the preservation of Oral Traditions on the Basarwa Tribe. The young Basarwa living in some communities of Southern Africa or elsewhere who cannot understand nor speak the language will make it difficult for elders to pass on information to them using their language. This is a challenge to them because for them to be able to sustain Oral Traditions there has to be a clear understanding between the two. The new generation of Basarwa will not be equipped with information of the past which involve their culture. PRESSURE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE NATION

Due to conflicts arising from the Government of Botswana for Basarwa to relocate from the Kalahari, this has shifted the concentration of Basarwa not only those living in Botswana to focus more on fighting the Government than trying to work on improving their Oral Traditions. This is a disturbing matter to all Basarwa tribes in the World as there are now living in fear of relocating, this results in Elders not teaching young Basarwa about the importance of their Oral Tradition. SURVIVAL TIPS

Through Oral Traditions, Basarwa elders are able to pass information on things they used for survival to young Basarwa. On health matters, Basarwa cured themselves with roots, plant etc, some modern hospitals and schools have been put into place of which compete with the Basarwa way of healing. This is a challenge in preserving Oral Tradition because some Basarwa seem to think that with these new technological things there should ignore their Tradition and move on with new modern things, thus rejecting the way of life. COPING WITH CIVILIZATION

Young Basarwa who should have the pride to carry the tradition into the future are actually feeling ashamed of their culture, due to the vast developments in the world. They have a feeling of not wanting to be left behind. This is a challenge as they are the very people who could easily pass the oral traditions into the future much better ,but they seem not to have any interest in their past, but to grow with foreign.

First paragraph; main point; 1.0 Language barriers
Supporting point; 1.1Basarwa youth not understanding their language

Second paragraph; main points; Pressure from the Government and nation Supporting point ; The Government wanting to make Basarwa relocate

Third paragraph; main point; Survival tips
Supporting point ; teaching young Basarwa to survival skills which is hindered by the technology innovations

Fourth paragraph ; main point ; coping with civilization
Supporting point ; the pressure and shame of colleagues which makes young...
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