| Njalak, James M.
A geographical study of Ndum-yaji area
Department of Geography, Teacher's College,
Unpublished Local Study
|Ndum-yaji: 7 water falls called Fep Basets Nkok -
four handled basket Nker small basket with lid - keep
tings, give presents in baskets. Kwer open work basket
57 Kimi to to Willem at Mbamnga then went S crossed the
R Mentung and settled at Sih. Some of the Sih people
were then at Gom about 10 miles to the W. They came and
were friendly asked the Ndumyaji people to move a
little to the N so the Sih could live near each other.
Ndumyaji moved into plain nearby but continued to
expand - Sih got jealous and started rolling stones
down on them so they left crossed back over R Mentung
to their present site where there were no inhabitants.
Much of their land now lies in Cameroon - including a
standing stone at which sacrfice is made each year. Sih
now claim this land fertile with lots of palms and
raffias. In 1954 fought a "civil war" with Sih over it
tried to get DO's permission to fight. In 1965 went
before DO again who refused permission not wanting
international incident. Many Ndumyaji people died in
2WW?? 59 Shelter in caves from enemies. Sprinkle oil on
stones and they open up, enter then they cllose again,
sprinkle more oil to get out. Caves very big - cannot
be smoked out by enemies - water and bats to eat in the
60 Yami was chief, no one in his Family to succeed so
gave chieftancy to Yaji but Abraham Gabkwi turned
elders against him and had him deposed in c 1954-56.
Abraham Gabkwi then became chief. Therefore continuing
hostility between diff sections of the village from
which these men came.
61 Broom used to dub a new chief - courtyard brush qv
Mbar sua use of brushes.
62 About 50% Xtian, 50% Pagan. 79 75% Xtian, 20% Pagan,
63 Nkakngwi annual (Dec-Feb) dry season dance through
the night. The dance is held in one of the 4 quarters
that invites all the others. A month approx later done
in another quarter - competitive hospitality betweeen
67 Nkaso a diff dry season dance that follows a
communal hunt. Split Ndumyaji into N and S halves. One
will announce hunt. One day hunt all territory of that
half of the vilage. Dance through the nght. Save the
animals captured till next day then divide them - hind
legs to the first person to shoot the animal. Meanwhile
youths dance and wrestle. Division of meat takes all
day - feast in evening, dance through 2nd night.
73 Tajok dance when new wife arrives at compound of her
H. After fattening inside (out of sun) for some
76 Adultery - divined if illness of children, or
difficult childbirth - must confess.
78 Society of elders perform Nwantap cermony at roads
to vilage if outbreak of serious illness. So the being
Nwantap will piss on the leaves/sticks across the roads
and this will kill any bearer of illness that crosses
84 Land inheritted by sons only - if no sons then other
kin of F may inherit.
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