Bantu migration

Excerpt from Conservation and Society, pp407-435, Vol 3 No 2, December 2005 by Axel Kohler, Centro de Estudios Superiores de México y Centroamérica, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas (CESMECA-UNICACH): "..In contrast with ‘aboriginal’ Pygmies, Bantu forest dwellers are usually described as relatively recent 'colonisers'. Their penetration of the forest started with the so-called Bantu expansion about 4–5000 years BP in an area north-west of the great forest, from where western Bantu-speakers gradually occupied all of central Africa...Coming from the savannah they brought with them crops, livestock and a technology that were in many ways ill fitted to the requirements of their new environment. Their oral traditions often confirm a self-image as intruders into a foreign world..."

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