Living Museum Of The San People (Bushmen) Near Omaruru
The name San is historically applied by their ethnic relatives and historic rivals, the Khoikhoi. This term means "outsider" in the Nama language and was derogatory because it distinguished the Bushmen from what the Khoikhoi called themselves, the "First People". The San people are hunter-gatherer living in the northern part of Namibia. They are employing a name rule (only 35 names are circulating per gender and each child is named after a grandparent or another relative) and an age rule (the older of two people always decides what to call the younger. Children have no social duties besides playing, leisure is very important to Bushmen of all ages. Women have a high status in the San society, they are mainly involved in the gathering of food, but may also take part in hunting.