The Kalem are a peaceful people. They live by hunting and farming and are renowned for their ability as warriors.
The total population of the Kalem is 15,000. They can field 2,000 warriors. (400 of these warriors are elite, highly-skilled fighters who have earned the title "warrior.")
A barter system operates here. The most valued trade goods are furs, weapons and animals.
The Kalem worship the spirits of the jungle. Their faith is animistic and shamanistic.
Kalem warriors are dedicated to their family above all else. To earn the title "warrior," a man must train under a titled warrior for six years. He must then enter the jungle unarmed and return with the hide of a mature leopard. Titled warriors are cunning and honorable stoics. Other members of the tribe are friendly, generous and honorable.
NOTE - Titled warriors dress in the skin of a leopard. They are the only men who are entitled to do so.
The Kalem are kind to travellers. They give no offense where none is given. Most members of the tribe are competent warriors. Titled warriors are exceptional fighters, especially fighting hand-to-hand in single combat.
Each band is independent. When necessary, one or more bands may cooperate to obtain food or defend against raiders. Only rarely will the entire tribe work together to accomplish anything. Criminal penalties vary with the attitude of the family that is injured. It is up to the injured family to enforce any penalty that is decided on. The titled warriors of the family are responsible for enforcement.
The Kalem despise the Kakana.
Bow, Spear and Club
Hottentots of Southwest Africa
The Kalem commonly wear g-strings. They never use armor and make minimal use of clothing.