The African giraffe stumbles to a halt, bewildered by the poisoned spears studding its breast and flanks. Moments later, it falls stiffly backward. The giraffe's slender legs point skyward, then swing sideways as it collapses in the desert dust. The scene flashes to a Ju/'hoansi hunter, tearing into a joint of glistening red meat with his knife.
Read the rest of my piece about filmmaker John Marshall's footage of one of Africa's last hunter-gatherer tribes, in the Nov. 2009 issue of Smithsonian.