Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Basters of Namibia

I am reading Paul Theroux's bus journey through southwestern Africa (The Last Train to Zona Verde). As always, it's a great read. He mentions the Baster people of Namibia, who are a distinct ethnic group. Their ancestors were Dutch South Africans who moved up to Namibia and mixed with the local Nama people. This video is obviously not in English, but it's still fascinating to see their dress and culture. Baster, by the way, is derived from the Dutch word for "bastard".

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