Bangwa, Fontem, Lebialem, Cameroon, FuaNdem Nchoh'alah, Mok, Mundani

 

Lebialem.info

Resource of writings and materials concerning the
Bangwa, Mok and Mundani Peoples

of Lebialem Division in South West Cameroon

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BRITISH COLONIAL RECORDS


AIM OF THIS WEBSITE
 


AUDIO RECORDINGS
- Chief D.N. Fobellah
  28th April 1986
- Mbe Forbinake of Lewoh
  3rd October 1990

 

PHOTOGRAPHS
 
  1922 Bangwa Tribal Area Assessment Report
HENRY CADMAN
This was the first written account of Bangwa society following a three month tour of the entire area by the British District Officer, Henry Cadman. PDF version

1942 Bangwa Tribal Area Intelligence Report
H.C.A. BRYANT
This short report was a 20 year follow up to the original Cadman report.
PDF version
 

  GERMAN OCCUPATION
 
A Bangwa account of early encounters with the German Colonial Administration
Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria,
Vol. III, No. 2. 1965

ELIZABETH DUNSTAN (1963)
This is the text of an interview by the anthropologist, Elizabeth Dunstan, with Fontem Defang, the Fon of Fontem, about the experience of German occupation of the Bangwa area. The interview also covers the period of resistance by Fon Fontem Asonganyi (photo - right).

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  ROBERT BRAIN   CONTEMPORARY STUDIES
  A Tasmanian, Brain was the first anthropologist to undertake research among the Bangwa people and has written extensively on Bangwa culture and art.
The Bangwa of West Cameroon
ROBERT BRAIN (1967)
University College London, 1967.
A short general overview of the Bangwa society and its culture.
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Friends and Twins in Bangwa
ROBERT BRAIN (1970)
From: 'Man in Africa', edited by Mary Douglas, London, Tavistock, 1970.
A study of forms of relationships in Bangwa society with particular reference to friendship groups and twins.
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Bangwa Funerary Sculpture
ROBERT BRAIN & ADAM POLLOCK (1971)
Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd., London, 1971.
This is one of the best known works about Bangwa culture and deals with the masks and figures owned by the secret societies which perform at the elaborate funerary ceremonies.
The authors made two visits to the Bangwa area in 1965 and 1967 to study the culture and collect ethnographic material.
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A Social Historical Study of Social Change among the Bangwa of Cameroon
VINCENT LOCKHART
(1994)
Occasional Paper No. 52, Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, 1994.
The author lived in Lebialem from 1982 until 1997 and recently spent another year there. This work looks at the phenomenon of social change in the pre-colonial and post-colonial/modern periods of Bangwa society.
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Agro-ecological evidence of climate change in the Lebialem Highlands of Cameroon
ALEXANDER FOMIN LEGWEGOH
(2007)
Mountain Forum Bulletin 'Melting Mountains' July 2007
A highly topical and current look at the dramatic agricultural and climatic changes affecting the Lebialem area. Alexander Fomin Legwengoh was a development and environmental consult for several NGOs working in the Lebialem highlands. He later went on to carry out Ph.D. studies.
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  RELIGIOUS, PHILOSOPHICAL AND THEOLOGICAL  
  Inculturation and Social Change among the Savannah Societies of Western Cameroon
VINCENT LOCKHART
(1996)
University of Edinburgh, 1996.
This paper looks at the inculturation of the Christian faith in the context of the externally induced social changes affecting the savannah societies of western Cameroon from 1900 to the 1990's.
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The Decline of lefua in Nweh
FUANKEM ACHANKENG
(2001)
This paper examines the declining loss of traditional authority.
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Hunting and trapping in Lebialem Division, Cameroon: bushmeat harvesting practices and human reliance
J.H. WRIGHT & N.E.C. PRISTON
(2010)
Endangered Species Research 11:1-12 (2010) 
-  doi:10.3354/esr00244

The authors wrote these findings after conducting field studies in the Lebialem area in 2007. Dr. Nancy Priston continues to study primates and works for their protection and the conservation of their environment throughout the world.
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