The Damaras are the oldest ethnic group in Namibia, numbering an estimated 90 000. They are generally small-stock farmers and small-scale miners. They are originally from Erongo Region in the north-west of Namibia. The Namas also number approximately 90 000 people. They are lighter in complexion and occupy most parts of the Karas Region and Hardap Region. The spoken language used by both groups is formally known as Khoekhoegowab.