Very entertaining, but I find it hard to believe that this technique has even been used to find water. I reckon someone is taking the piss - either the bushmen with the film-makers, or the film-makers with us. It seems ludicrously far-fetched.
However I might try the same technique for finding alcohol at Arapiles. I will wait until CJ (Crazy John) is watching me and then I will pretend to throw some leftover food into one of the bins. As soon as CJ dives headfirst into the bin to scavenge whatever, I will lasso him, tie him up and hold him captive. I will then feed him salt blocks from Mitre Lake. The following day he will be so thirsty that he will lead me straight to the nearest goon.
On 17/09/2012 simey wrote:
>Very entertaining, but I find it hard to believe that this technique has
>even been used to find water. I reckon someone is taking the piss - either
>the bushmen with the film-makers, or the film-makers with us. It seems
Yes it was entertaining but I think it probably has a kernal of truth at its core somewhere in dim past history.
Mix a bit of truth with a bit of stretching truth and it makes for a good yarn...
The cave style environment that the baboon was drinking in looks very similar to a documentary of baboons drinking there that I once saw long ago.
I am surprised that bushmen of the Kalahari wouldn't observe the flight paths of the smaller seed eating types of birds in early mornings and late evenings, as an indicator of possible water sources. This tactic (as I understand it), is one that aboriginals have been known to use in the desert areas of Australia and has been printed in older type 'survival' manuals for desert stranded euro-ancestry types to try...
[ ~> Would be much better than eating ones rolled oats dry! ;-) ]
... ~> i.e. that open air sunlight cave would be an obvious place for birds to drink at as well!