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San people

Summary
The San peoples (also Saan), or Bushmen, are the members of the indigenous hunter-gatherer cultures of southern Africa, and the oldest surviving cultures of the region. Their ancestral territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa. They speak, or their ancestors spoke, languages of the Khoe, Tuu and Kxʼa language families, and are only a 'people' in contrast to pastoralists such as the Khoekhoe and descendants of more recent waves of immigration such as the Bantu, Europeans and Asians. In 2017, Botswana was home to approximately 63,500 San, making it the country with the highest proportion of San people at 2.8%. Definition In Khoekhoegowab, the term "San" has a long vowel and is spelled Sān. It is an exonym with the meaning of "foragers" and is used in a derogatory manner to describe nomadic foraging people. Based on observation of lifestyle, this term has been applied to speakers of three distinct language families living between
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