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Pull Ourselves Up or Die Out

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From the !Kung series
by John Marshall, Jonathan Sahula, John Terry
color, 26 min, 1985

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This video, shot between 1980-1984, was an outgrowth of research conducted by John Marshall and Claire Ritchie during those years. Intended to raise awareness about issues facing Ju/'hoansi, Pull Ourselves Up or Die Out explores: problems and issues due to the shift from subsistence to a cash-based economy; the possible establishment of a game reserve in Eastern Bushmanland; development of subsistence agriculture by Ju/'hoan groups; and confrontations with South African Administration officials regarding the rights to install a water pump and the rights of Ju/'hoansi to access water.

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