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This paper concerns the relationship of the hunter-gatherer people of the Kalahari Desert, the Ju/wa1 Bushmen or Ju/wasi, to some of the predators who also lived there, the lions. The observations derive from work done in the Nyae Nyae area of the Kalahari between 1951 and 1990, but mostly between 1951 and 1956, during which time I spent over two years in Nyae Nyae. Other members of our group were there much longer. No seasonal variation in the human-predator relationship was observed. The observations herein are mine unless otherwise noted.2

In the 1950s, as a member of the Peabody Harvard Southwest Africa Expeditions, I was privileged to observe certain groups of Bushmen including the Ju/wasi of Nyae Nyae as these people interfaced with the local population of lions. I had never before lived among either Bushmen or wild lions, and, taking the behavior of both for granted, I assumed that it typified such behavior everywhere.

This paper concerns the relationship of the hunter-gatherer people of the Kalahari Desert, the Ju/wa1 Bushmen or Ju/wasi, to some of the predators who also lived there, the lions. The observations derive from work done in the Nyae Nyae area of the
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