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, people numbering about 55,000 mainly in Namibia and in W South Africa. The Khoikhoi have been called Hottentots by whites in South Africa. In language and in physical type the Khoikhoi appear to be related to the San (Bushmen), i.e.
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(self-designation, Khoi-Khoin, “the real people”), people living in the central and southern regions of Namibia (South West Africa; approximately 40,000 people, 1967) and in the Republic of South Africa (1,000 people). The people speak Hottentot languages, and many of them have a knowledge of Afrikaans. Most of the Hottentots are Protestants. The Hottentots and the Bushmen—the oldest inhabitants (nomadic livestock raisers) of South Africa—were driven back into the southwestern desert regions of the continent by the Bantu peoples (during their migration southward in Africa) and were exterminated to a considerable extent by the European colonizers from the 17th to the early 20th century. At the present time some of the Hottentots live on reservations and engage in livestock raising and farming; most work on farms and ranches of the Europeans and in the cities.

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The use of the term "Khoikhoi," meaning "men of men" or "people," actually came to prominence in opposition to the offensive label of "Hottentot" applied to herding communities by white colonialists.
Canvassing the 1800's, I will acknowledge the image of Sara Baartman, the "Hottentot Venus," and its impact on today's culture.
If I steal his cow, that is good" - this moral rule was attributed by European racists to the Hottentots, an ancient tribe in southern Africa.
If I steal his cow, that is good" -- this moral rule was attributed by European racists to the Hottentots, an ancient tribe in Southern Africa.
Fiedler's earliest example is Peter Kolb's account of his residence in South Africa (1719), which already exhibits the emerging 'colonial gaze' by highlighting the Hottentots' amenability to Western education (p.
Or to launch into determinedly cheerful sing-alongs, the most sinister of which is a racist ditty about Hottentots, aimed at provoking Helene's black boyfriend (Keith Davis).
THE BACKGROUND for Uwe Timm's novel Morenga is provided by the 1905-7 war in German South West Africa (present-day Namibia) between the German colonial army and the rebellious tribes of Hottentots and Hereros, led by the brilliant and charismatic Morenga.
Meneer, when a baboon laughs at a white woman, and that made the Hottentots laugh at me too.