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South African Children's Book '!Qhoi nla Tjhoi' Hopes to Revive a Dying Ancient Language

Famed 88-year-old South African Khoi-San, N/uu storyteller and writer Katrina Esau has launched Tortoise and Ostrich, the first book published in one of the world's oldest languages.

Katrina Esau recently published an old folktale in her native N/uu language of the Khoi-San people, regarded as Africa's first people and whose language spans over thousands of years. Tortoise and Ostrich or !Qhoi nla Tjhoi is the first story written in the almost extinct N/uu language. The book is a history-defining literary debut that evidences Africa's culture of oral storytelling, and encapsulates why the language and the people need to be protected. The book follows Esau's South Africa 2020 National Honorary Award, titled the Order of the Baobab in Silver, for her excellent contribution to the preservation of a language.

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