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a people in Cameroon, inhabiting the highlands between the Mbam and the Noun rivers.

Some of the Bamileke live in the city of Douala or in its vicinity. The Bamileke and related tribes such as the Bamum (Mum; self-designation Shupamen) and others number about 1 million (1967 estimate). The language spoken by the Bamileke is one of the eastern Bantoid languages. Most of the Bamileke are Muslims, but some adhere to local traditional beliefs. Their basic occupation is agriculture (corn, cassava, and peanuts). The Bamileke also work on banana, coffee, and quinine plantations and at the seaport of Douala.


Peoples of the Central Cameroons. London, 1954.
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The author connects vivid ethnography of the present-day functioning and performances of dancing groups in the Bamileke region (West Cameroon) with detailed reports from the colonial archives.
Caption: On the slopes of Mt Arash in Tanzania, warrriors arrive for the Eunoto ceremony, held once every 14 years, which will see them graduate to elderhood Left: The Royal Elephant Mask, symbolising the power of the king, is worn by members of the Bamileke Fon secret society of Bafoussam, Cameroon
The grammatical, phonetical and morphological features were analyzed within the languages of Bantu (Toporova, 1965; Koptilina, 1971; Illarionov, 1982), Hausa (Zhurkovskiy, 1966), and Bamileke (Vinogradov, 1971) people.
Of the masks on display, highlights include Alain Naoum's wooden helmet mask from the Bamileke of Cameroon--with a characteristic beaded coiffure of blue and white--as well as Renaud Vanuxem's heavily stylised, zoomorphic Ogoni mask from Nigeria.
Cultural strategies for cognitive enrichment in learning among the Bamileke of West Region of Cameroon.
His DNA analysis points to a Royal family in the Western Region of modern day Cameroon, an area frequently raided during the Transatlantic slave trade, and now occupied by members of a tribe known as the Bamileke.
Most market-dominant minorities, whether the Bamileke in Cameroon or Indians in Fiji, enjoy disproportionate economic success at every level of society down to the smallest shopkeepers, who can rarely boast of useful political connections.
The traders of Bamileke origin resident in the Southern Cameroons could not continue with their trade in Kola as well as other forms of small trans-frontier commerce because of custom barriers.
Ce programme s'expose sur un site Internet, vitrine d'un << voyage hors des sentiers battus a la decouverte de l'Ouest Cameroun et de la culture bamileke >> (Figure 5).
The natives are the Bamileke ethnic group, with the main religious groups being Christians and Muslims.