Pygmies Were Our Compass

Pygmies Were Our Compass

by Kairn A Klieman

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Overview

Pygmies Were Our Compass by Kairn A Klieman

Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa.

Covering more than 2,000 years this important region's history, this book is a groundbreaking contribution to the knowledge of pre-colonial Africa. It is the first historical work to reconstruct a Batwa or Pygmy past, thereby questioning Western epistemologies that have long portrayed the Batwa as a quintessential people without history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325071046
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/19/2003
Series: Social History of Africa Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Kairn A. Klieman is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, University of Houston.

Table of Contents

Maps, Figures, and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
(Re)Constructing Histories: Central African Societies and the Burden of Myth
Bantu Expansion in the Western Equatorial Rainforest, ca.4000-1500 B.C.E.
Of Indigeneity and Incorporation: Immigrants and Autochthons on the Central African "Frontier"
New Economies, New Communities: The Impact of Bananas and Iron
Bantu Societies and the Ideology of the Primordial Batwa
Altered Associations: Bantu and Batwa, ca. 1000-1900 C.E.

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