David Gately

Volunteer: David Gately


I'm a return Peace Corps volunteer from Botswana, with master's in communications from American University.

1989 - 1991

Contributions from David Gately

  1. Botswana Xi and I: Tales from the Kalahari

    In the semi-blockbuster movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, the protagonist, Xi, a bushman from Botswana, finds a Coca-Cola bottle in the Kalahari Desert. The bottle, dropped from a plane, is hitherto unknown to Xi and his people. As the story unfolds the mystery and newfound significance of this “gift from God” turns Xi’s uncomplicated world upside down. Separate characters appear and plotlines evolve–most affecting emotions and encounters Xi never had before–but the central theme is that the bott...

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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.