Title: Bakwirian Tales of the Bush
Author(s): Renaud Paulian
Source: Folklore, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Sep., 1940), pp. 213-219
THE folklore of primitive tribes, and especially that part of the folklore bearing upon animal life, is always of interest. During a recent stay in the Cameroons, as Zoologist of a French Scientific Expedition sent by the Paris Museum of Natural History, I had the opportunity of getting first-hand stories of animal life as they are taught in the Bakwirian tribes. The Bakwiris, a tribe closely allied to the Dualas, and inhabiting the southern part of the Cameroon under British Mandate, around Buea and Mt. Cameroon, though they are nominally, for the most part, christianized, have kept many of the "liowa" (i.e. taboo) stories about animals of the bush.