The Bamileke are a Grassfields people. They are 15% of the Cameroon population, one of the ethnic groups in Cameroon.
The Bamileke are regrouped under several groups, each under the guidance of a Chief or Fon. They speak a number of related languages from the Eastern Grassfields branch of the Grassfields Language family.
Their Languages are closely related, however, and some classifications identify a Bamileke dialect continuum with seventeen or more dialects.
The Bamileke people are known for their very striking and often intricately beaded masquerades, including the impressive elephant mask.