Xoms |Omis Project

Conserving Etosha's Cultural Heritage

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Out now: book publication "Born in Etosha"
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Poster map of Hai||om placenames in Etosha (pdf)
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Maps of traditional Hai||onm animal and plant resources
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Welcome to the webpage of the Xoms |Omis Project!

"Xoms" means "Etosha pan" in the language of the Hai||om, an indigenous San group of Northern Namibia, whose ancestors populated the area surrounding the Etosha pan.

Traditional knowledge of the Hai||om on ecosystems, natural resources and their use is slowly dying out. Still their culture is full of references to their ancestoral living area: "Xoms |Omis" means Etosha heritage.


15.11.2012: Book launch of children's book "Born in Etosha: living and learning in the wild".
This book provides insight into the culture and history of the Hai||om who have lived in Etosha National Park for centuries. It will help to ensure that the rich cultural heritage is not forgotten.

Kids book

Book launch of Born in Etosha, Homage to the Cultural Heritage of the Hai||om in Windhoek, Namibia. The book is the first publication to pay homage to the forgotten cultural history of the National Park. More information on the book and preview pages


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