Baka Pygmies

Baka Pygmies - Culture, music and rites of initiation in the rain forest of Cameroon
Content of the new Baka Pygmies site (English and Italian versions):
  • Introduction about Baka Pygmies
  • Pygmy camps and huts in the rainforest
  • Pygmy hunters, hunting weapons and animals hunted by Baka Pygmies
  • Food gathering in the rainforest (yam, fruit, mushrooms...)
  • Fishing in the forest streams
  • Food preparation (wild game cooking, palm oil and manioc preparation...)
  • Material culture (making of panniers, mattings, baskets...)
  • Baka Pygmies music and musical instruments
  • Traditional dances of Baka Pygmies
  • Baka Pygmies rite of initiation to the Spirit of the Forest
  • Baka Pygmy children
  • Baka Pygmy women
  • Baka Pygmy men
  • African rainforest: nature and landscapes of the Baka Pygmies forest
  • Rivers and lakes of the rainforest
  • Mammals (primates, antelopes, buffalos, leopards...)
  • Reptiles (crocodiles, lizards and snakes), birds, insects...
  • Becaming a member of a Baka Pygmy clan
  • Other African Pygmies (Bagyeli Pygmies, Bedzan Pygmies, Aka Pygmies...)
  • Bamiléké, Bamoun, Tikar...
  • Bafut, Bali, Bamenda...
  • Other ethnic groups from Central Africa
  • Publications and Works in progress agout Pygmies
  • Baka Pygmies of Cameroon (monographical essay)
  • The musical instruments of Baka Pygmies (ethnomusicological essay)
  • Pygmies of the Cameroonian rainforest (photographic book)
  • The Spirit of the Forest (ethnographic novel)
  • Baka Pygmy Music (2 audio CD - Ethnic music)
  • Baka Pygmies of Cameroon - Culture and Music (CD-Rom)
  • People of the Forest - Baka Pygmies (DVD - Ethnographic documentary)
  • African Pygmies (photographic exposition)
  • The new website about Baka Pygmies, designed and maintained by the Italian
    anthropologist Mauro Campagnoli, contains over one hundred photos
    about the life and the traditional activities of this Pygmy group, and some
    ethnographic descriptions serving as introduction to the Baka Pygmy culture.
    Photos are added periodically after every new research expedition.
    A special thank goes to the Baka Pygmies who make it possible to the author
    to live in the rainforest and to do his anthropological fieldwork in their camps.