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Title:The relationship between the Bakola and the Bantu peoples of the coastal regions of Cameroon and their perception of commercial forest exploitation
Author:Ngima Mawoung, GodefroyISNI
Periodical:African Study Monographs: Supplementary Issue
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:ethnic relations
Bantu-speaking peoples
Abstract:The relations between the Bakola pygmies and the Bantu cultivators of the coastal region of Cameroon differ from one group to another. Between the Bakola and the Bassa, Boulou, Bakoko, Mvae, Fang, Evouzok and Yassa the relationship appears limited to economic exchange. The relationship between the Bakola and the Kwassio groups (Ngoumba, Mabea), on the other hand, is much stronger, as evidenced by the adoption of cultural characteristics and social organization. Despite the variations in the relationship, the Bakola and Bantu groups share the same forest environment, which indubitably conditions their everyday life. Based on several research projects conducted since 1983, including fieldwork in Bakola pygmy camps and Bantu villages, the author describes the relationships between the Bakola and the Bantu, and the implications for the commercial exploitation of the forest, which comprises their major source of life but which is threatened by large-scale logging industries. Bibliogr., note, sum.