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Icone Pygmy people


In anthropology, pygmy peoples are ethnic groups whose average height is unusually short. The term pygmyism is used to describe the phenotype of endemic short stature for populations in which adult men are on average less than 150 cm tall.
The African Pygmies (or Congo Pygmies, variously also "Central African foragers", "African rainforest hunter-gatherers" (RHG) or "Forest People of Central Africa"[1]) are a group of tribal ethnicities, traditionally subsisting in a forager and hunter-gatherer lifestyle, native to Central Africa, mostly the Congo Basin.
The African Pygmies are divided into three roughly geographic groups:
the western Bambenga or Mbenga (Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic),
the eastern Bambuti or Mbuti of the Congo basin (DRC).
the central and southern Batwa or Twa (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Angola and Namibia).
They are notable for, and named for, their short stature (described as "pygmyism" in anthropological literature). They are assumed to be descended from the original Middle Stone Age expansion of anatomically modern humans to Central Africa, albeit substantially affected by later migrations from West Africa, from their first appearance in the historical record in the 19th century limited to a comparative small area within Central Africa, greatly decimated by the prehistoric Bantu expansion, and to the present time widely affected by enslavement and cannibalism at the hand of neighboring Bantu groups.



The Bambenga They are notable for, and named for, their short stature
Distance: To be advised Difficulty: Medium
Height 150 cm Location Rain forest of Congo Life style Both women and men hunt every day. Originally designed to protect the forest – to hunt using only their traditional nets and spears. What to wear when visiting Comfortable clothing (rain coat just in case) and walking boots


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