Mandara Mountains Homepage


This website is for all ethnographers who are interested in the study of the northern Mandara mountains of N. Cameroon and N.E. Nigeria which I call the northern Mandaras.

The inhabitants are today referred to by English speaking scholars as montagnards, a French word, which replaces the less acceptable term “hill dwellers”.

Until the deadly terror by Boko Haram, they existed mainly through terrace farming, but many men also did seasonal work in towns or cultivated beans along the southern shores of Lake Chad.

The Northern Montagnards section informs on the history and life of the peoples of the northern Mandara Mountains, with an emphasis on their environment, ritual history and past material lives. Mandaras Publishing gives access to its monographs and other print publications, including rare area-related works for downloading and plans to host ethnographic audio recordings as primary field and oral historical source material.

The site contains a substantial bibliography of the ethnographic, linguistic, archaeological and geographical literature dealing with the peoples of the northern Mandaras, their history and environments. The site also carries a list of ethnic groups known to us so far. Each ethnonym listed is hyperlinked to a separate page giving a brief description of the ethnic group it is associated with. Please feel free to participate in the updating of the site.


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AZAGHVANA, 2021, is now available as hardback

The Way of the Beer, 2003, is now available as E-book
The Way of the Beer

Expedition to Central Africa, Petermann 1854 | Electronic Facsimile Edition 2010


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