Eating Christmas in the Kalahari
The Article Eating Christmas in the Kalahari by Richard Lee Borshay is about his experience with the Kung Bushmen tribe: an indigenous South African people. Richard Lee studied the Bushmen tribe for a period of three years, and during the third year he decided he wanted to partake in the Christmas celebration with the Bushmen. Christmas in many places is a well-known and celebrated religious holiday, but to the Bushmen it is simply known as a “praise of the birth of the white man’s god-chief.” During the Christmas celebration of the Bushmen there are many stages of celebration, but the largest and last one being a dance celebration and feast that lasts for many days. This celebration is typically led by the chief of the Bushmen and outsiders are welcome but not highly appreciated. Throughout the story and the celebration of Christmas we are given a view about how the Bushmen live their lives every day. The Bushmen have a very unique way of living; status, agents of socialization, Gemeinschaft, and solidarity all play a large role in their unique lives.
The article “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari” is a story simply about Richard Lee finding his status in a new Tribe. Status is defined as the relative social, professional, or other standing of someone or something. This term is very relevant to this article because we see Borshays change in status throughout the story. During the story of the Bushmen’s Christmas celebration some form of cattle is to be slaughtered and feasted on for days; the Bushmen people are very fond of meat and fat. Richard Borshay decided that in order to earn the trust of the Bushmen he would partake in their custom and bring them the biggest ox he could find. Although, through this thought process of desiring a raise in status he forgot that the entire time he had lived with the Bushmen they refused to take his food; because their customs were clear that he was not to provide...