FOR THE BUSHMAN"
is are we going to let the Kalahari People Die?
The Author of "Bush for the Bushman"
The author, John
Perrott, graduated from UC Berkeley in engineering, a fourth
generation Californian, from gold rush pioneer stock. He was
born on a cattle ranch near Eureka, northern California, where
his great aunt Laura Perrott Mahan was a early leader in the
conservation movement as a founder of Save The Redwoods, in
the 1920's. His aunt Vera Perrott Vietor created the philanthropic
Humbolt Area Foundation in the 1970's. The author published
"Bush For The Bushmen" in 1992, and created Save The
Kalahari San in 1993.
After his military
career as a Navy flyer, his 35 year engineering construction
career took him around the globe, to many remote and exotic
places. His only 'In USA' assignment was on the Alaska pipeline
in the mid-70's. During his seventeen years in Africa, he went
'bush' whenever possible, mixing with the natives and wildlife.
He learned Swahili in East Africa in order to live and communicate
with the indigenous people in the outback without guide or translator.
Perrott says "I've lived in San Francisco but I left my
heart in Africa". Additionally he has traveled from Tibet
to Timbuktu, Mongolia to Machu Picchu, Kilimamjaro to the Coral
Sea and more, as an adventure traveler, photographer and diver.
On his rare visit
with the Kalahari Bushmen, Perrott and his travel companions
led by Dr. Jack Wheeler, were profoundly touched by the small
group of nomadic hunter gathers with whom they spent time. Like
those who enchanted moviegoers in "THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY",
the Bushmen were dressed in skins and were managing to still
survive in the Kalahari thirstland, hunting with poisoned arrows
and gathering what sparse food they could find, living 'stone
age' simple. The group were dismayed to find the onslaught of
civilization (especially cattle) is rapidly dispossessing them
of their last God given bush and wild animals, and now their
very extinction is imminent.
John Perrott has
worked in the rugged wilds of Iran Jaya with the head hunters
who killed young Rockefeller in the late 1960's. He ramrodded
the building of an oil pipeline across the rugged Andes in Colombia,
despite anti-government guerrillas and torrential rains. He
brings this same 'can do' spirit that built billion dollar projects,
to saving the Kalahari ecosystem and the San. He is a 'hard-nosed-construction
stiff'-cum-Sans 'pragmatic-bleeding heart'! His visits with
a small family clan in the Kalahari was like a 'time machine
voyage' back to before the agricultural revolution "to
visit our oldest living relatives, to see OURSELVES, discover
our roots". He appeals to humanity to save a people whose
peace, calm and attunement with nature we 'civilized' people
can only envy.
and living in Texas, Perrott is devoting time and efforts to
the cause of the Bushmen. He finances these activities by responding
to calls to put out the Kuwait oil fires or plan pipelines in
Papau New Guinea, Sumatra or the Algerian Sahara, or a recent
10 month stint in Mozambique projecting a 900 square mile game
reserve (Approved by the Mozambique government in October of
1996). If Perrott had his way, he'd open the sanctuary to a
few Bushmen to live and roam free with 'their' endangered wildlife,
as in the past. What better game guards than 'their' real owners?
You can contact
John Perrott the author of "BUSH FOR THE BUSHMAN", by any of
the following means:
By email via:
Save The San
17321 Lookout Rd. #2110,
Selma, TX 78154
Thank you for any
support you can lend to the Bushmen.