Known in Naro as Nxae, the Tsama melon is, perhaps, the most important source of water among the San people. During the rainy season, the melons lie abundantly on the ground and are used for two basic needs: food and water.
The fruit is 90% liquid and its seeds can be roasted for food. During the dry season, the Tsama acts as a source of water throughout the season.
I’m a native speaker of Naro from Botswana’s Ghanzi District. I’m a defender of of Indigenous rights and a strong supporter of inclusive social policy. As a young person from a very marginalized group, I have grown to understand the importance of culture in todays society. Whereas I know that change is inevitable, without the knowledge of where you come from and ideals that you represent, can bring harm to the very fight of the right to self-determination. I support all those who advocate towards them.