The San, or ¡Kung people live in southern Africa. One of their subgroups is the Kung-Tsumkwe.
San people were traditionally semi-nomadic, and they are among the most ancient people of the earth.
Kung-Tsumkwe live in small family-based units. Life is simple; children have few duties except to play, and leisure is important to all of them. They spend much of their time joking and telling stories.
Kung-Tsumkwe people gather food and water in ways that would be nearly impossible for outsiders. They find a place where the ground is wet and insert a hollow tube and suck out water. When possible, they settle near water sources until they dry out.
They must also find food in a land with little vegetation. Women collect wild berries, fruit, wild onions and ostrich eggs. Men hunt in groups, and their hunting trips take several days. They use bows and arrows that are tipped with poison taken from beetle larvae. The Kung-Tsumkwe lack adequate meat, so they make up the difference with insects such as moths, grasshoppers, caterpillars, butterflies and termites.
The Kung-Tsumkwe have traditional spiritual beliefs, though there is also a Christian presence among them.
All ¡Kung peoples need protection from outsiders. Ironically, those who maintain their lifestyle are able to do so because others cannot survive in their environment. Their homelands usually don’t have enough water or good soil for farmers or cattle ranch
Pray for the Lord to bless the Kung-Tsumkwe in such a way that they will see his power and goodness and forsake all other gods.
Pray for ¡Kung followers of Christ to take the savior’s ways to their families and neighbors.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bless the lives of Kung-Tsumkwe families with truth and mercy.
Scripture Prayers for the Kung-Tsumkwe in Botswana.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kung-Tsumkwe|
|People Name in Country||Kung-Tsumkwe|
|Alternate Names||Central Kung; Juhoansi; Ju'oasi; Kung; Tsumkwe; Xu|
|Population this Country||9,500|
|Population all Countries||64,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|ROP25 Name||Kung (Khoison)|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Ghanzi district: Ghanzi, Grootelaagte, Kanagas, and commercial farms; North West district: west of Nokaneng. Source: Ethnologue 2018|
Primary Language: Ju'hoan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2008)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|