Monday, November 19, 2012

What the other knows

Dear Brand Botswana, BEDIA, Foreign Missions and such,

While I've been in the American Midwest one lecturer in preparation for one of my class visits set a little exercise for first year undergraduates taking a World Images/ Photojournalism course  - go home and write 3 free word associations that come into your head when you hear the word 'Botswana'. These are the responses we got back in a class of about 45 students. I've grouped them loosely in order of frequency so if the majority of people had 'safari' as an answer its highest on the list. The section in pink are answers given only once.


Safari
Wild animals/wildlife
Poverty/ Malnourished/famine/Starvation
Desert / Kalahari
Drought/dry/dead
Africa
Savannah
South Africa
Half naked children
African Americans
Vast areas of land
Political strife/ conflict
Nelson Mandela
Jungle
Mosquitos
Elephants / Lions
Diamonds/ diamond mines
Salt pans
I can't think of anything else/unfamiliar
Overpopulated
A warm place/hot
Underdeveloped
Tribal
Green landscape in parts
Culture
Tribal dancing
South America
Latin America
Emerging economy
Landlocked
Needy
Manual labour
Machete
My mission trip there
Victoria falls
some of the happiest people I've ever met
representative democracy
Loyal servants
fastest growing trade market
stereotypical descriptions of 'Africans'
sparsely populated
crazy food :)
funeral art - arts of africa class
where?
foreigh
exotic/ exotic animals
indo-european languages (linguistics major...:)
poor
blue wildebeest
not by any oceans
different climate than ours

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On a not entirely unrelated note if after the comments above you are wondering who to read to find out just a little bit about Botswana or literature from or set in Botswana. I have a few suggestions, the list is certainly not exhaustive but its still somewhat representative.


Lauri Kubuitsile (fiction in all its forms) - blog

Wame Molefhe (short story writer, scriptwriter) - articles

Bessie Head - all about

Alexander McCall-Smith (novelist) - wikipedia

Unity Dow(novelist) - wikipedia

Barolong Seboni (poet) - profile

Gasebalwe Seretse (novelist) - profile

Norman Rush (novelist) - wikipedia

Dereck and Beverly Joubert (NG Explorers-in-residence/wildlife) - profile 


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out. I'm very curious about - South America, loyal servants and machete. I might write a short story just from that. HA!! Hope you're enjoying that funny country.

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  2. Lol I know right but they were a good bunch, this was just what they 'felt they knew'. Americas been good to me but I should have brought a t-shirt with a map on it, at least. My fault.

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