First people still come second

By Glenn Ashton


Namibia, Namaqualand and the Namib Desert are all named after the first people who lived in that area, the Nama. Where are the Nama today? The reality is that they have largely become forgotten bit players in a complex world.

The indigenous people of various nations, descended from traditional hunter-gatherer clans, are broadly referred to as the “first people” or “first nations.” These first nations generally still receive second-class treatment across the world. This remains largely true across Southern Africa.

While the past few decades have seen marked changes in attitude towards the world’s first people, some remain amongst the most persecuted, the most open to racial abuse and the least protected from exploitation. Why? Read more