Ostrich Egg


The San nomads in the Kalahari Desert, the story goes, hid ostrich eggs filled with water in the sand.  They would fill the eggs during the rainy season, seal and bury them, then mark the eggs location in the sand.  In an unbearably dry season the ostrich eggs would still be lying beneath the sands, waiting for a parched traveler.  As long as the nomads continued to bury the eggs there would always be water available no matter where they traveled or which band they belonged to.

In this same spirit, the ostrich egg was given to the Anthropology Department by a past graduating class. It is symbolic of a system of reciprocity, selflessness, sharing and working together for a common, greater good—laying a foundation for future generations of anthropologists.






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