The Kingdom of Bum

This project seeks to use Sally Chilver and Phyllis Kaberry's fieldwork in the Grasslands of Cameroon. In both their collaborative efforts and in Sally Chilver's later reworking of their fieldnotes and in her correspondence with local informants we see an emergent 'anthropology' which retains greater currency today than the more methodologically narrow functionalism of the time. There are also theoretical implications which have particular and apposite resonance with our own recent concerns with issues to do with identity and ethnicity.