The Baka Pygmies of Cameroon

A race of hunters and gatherers, the Baka pygmies, found in Cameroon, coexist with various ethnic groups of Bantu farmers, with whom they exchange goods.

With an average height of 1.5 m, the Baka are, strictly speaking, pygmies rather than pygmies. However, in everyday usage, the term “pygmy” is used.

Exact numbers are difficult to determine, as a semi-nomadic group, they roam the rainforest, taking temporary residence in specific areas that offer abundant game and natural resources, but estimates range from 5,000 to 28,000. is between

They dominate the forest ecology and they exploit nature’s gifts or ecosystems. Over the years significant exchange relationships have developed between the hunter-gatherer Baka and neighboring Bantu farmers. However, this relationship has been one of tolerance and characterized by hostility. This situation is caused by the disparaging attitude and derogatory comments with which the Bantu describe their pygmies.

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