Hugh Brody: From Nunavut to Kalahari


The Bushmen of the Southern Kalahari were dispersed, forced off their land under South African apartheid, only to be identified decades later in squalor. Some posing as token natives for tourists on the very land they lost. It was a long way from the people of Northern Canada with whom Hugh Brody worked for land claims. His invitation to work with those in the Kalahari for land claims settlements began an odyssey that lasted a dozen years and saw broken people transformed into effective leaders for change. Today, Hugh Brody's long journey with the Khomani San people.

Hugh Brody: From Nunavut to Kalahari

The Bushmen of the Southern Kalahari were evicted from their traditional lands under the Apartheid government of South Africa. Their years of despair gave way to a little hope in the mid 1990s when Nelson Mandela introduced a law aimed at returning land to the Khomani San people. Because of his experience with land claims in this country, anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Hugh Brody was called in to help.

He spent 14 years working on the case and he documented it on film. The result is a DVD called Tracks Across Sand. Hugh Brody joined us from our studio in London, England.

Hugh Brody is also Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.

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