I was recently asked what is the mean of “Bushman”
Well before I looked into it further I always considered a Bushman as a person who enjoys or lived in the wilderness. Someone who possesses skills in the area of bushcraft. Things such as fire building, survive skills, camping, hunting, trapping, fish, etc. A Bushman could be also considered a woodsman.
As I looked into it I found what I considered a Bushman was correct but there were aslo other meanings. Here is what I found.
/ˈbʊʃmən/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [boosh-muhn]
- bushman One who lives or travels in the wilderness, especially in the outback.
- A member of a traditionally nomadic hunting people of southwest Africa.
- a woodsman
- dweller in the bush.
- a settler in the bush.
1.The Nuk-luk (“Man of the Bush” or bushman) is a cryptozoological hominid reported in the Nahanni National Park Reserve near Nahanni Butte, Northwest Territories, between April and June of 1964, by John Baptist, several men, and a boy named Jerry. Several Dene from Fort Liard who were trapping at a river reportedly came upon the creature in April of 1964. It appeared strong-looking, and appeared to have a long, dark beard, wore torn clothes, and was 5 ft (1.5 m) tall.
In June 1964, near Fort Simpson around 9 p.m. a boy named Jerry reported a similar creature. It had black hair on its head, upper body, and legs. It also had a long, brown beard that reached its waist, and wore ankle-high boots, a mooseskin loincloth, and had a stone club in its hand. These creatures have been reported for hundreds of years and are said to have bootlike footprints and whistling calls. They have been reported from the Northwest Territories to Yukon to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.
I like this one, not only because it is close to Yellowknife, but I have always had that idea of leaving society and live “out there”, using what is out there to survive. Don’t laugh I will do it one day.
2.The Bushmen, San, Sho, Basarwa, ǃKung or Khwe are indigenous people of southern Africa that spans most areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe , Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, and Angola. They were traditionally hunter-gatherers, part of the Khoisan group and are related to the traditionally pastoral Khoikhoi.
The terms San, Khwe, Sho, Bushmen, and Basarwa have all been used to refer to hunter-gatherer peoples of southern Africa. Each of these terms has a problematic history, as they have been used by outsiders to refer to them, often with pejorative connotations. The individual groups identify by names such as Juǀʼhoansi and ǃKung (the punctuation characters representing different clicks), and most call themselves “Bushmen” when referring to themselves collectively.
This is somewhat relent to my idea, hunter-gathering. Its what you have to do while your out there in order to survive.
Bushman has no superhuman powers, but he is an expert in guerilla warfare and highly proficient in the use of most conventional firearms. He has peak human physical strength and is highly athletic and agile. He sometimes uses metal teeth so that in hand-to-hand combat he can draw his enemy in close to him to tear the enemy apart with his teeth.
I think this is funny, who knew a Bushman could be a villain in a comic book.
The word woodsman, meaning man of the woods, can be applied to any person coming from or living in a wooded area. Woodsmen is the plural form.
Woodsmen are stereotypically nature-wise persons who hunt for their food and live simply. They are often portrayed as male, bearded, knowledgeable about plants and animals, and possessing highly developed tracking and survival skills. Characterized by their log cabin homes, woodsmen are also sometimes stereotyped as old fashioned, and possibly eccentric.
Woodsmen and hunters were placed in special military units in many armies up until modern times. In many cases, the names of these units are still used today.
The image of the woodsman, with his full, thick beard, flintlock musket, and hatchet, is often romanticized in movies and books. The 1980s movie Continental Divide made fun of these stereotypes in the context of a love story.
So there you go, now you have a better idea of what a bushman is.