Pygmy hunter with a crossbow
1. Crossbow hunter beside
a hut in a forest camp.
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Bow & Crossbow Hunting

Hunters and hunted animals

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: Greater Spot-nosed Monkey vocalizations
(Cercopithecus nictitans). In the background, African rainforest sounds.
Pygmy hunter with a monkey (Greater Spot-nosed Monkey, Cercopithecus nictitans)
2. Baka hunter with a
Greater Spot-nosed Monkey
(Cercopithecus nictitans)
shot with poisoned arrows.
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of the African rainforest
Pygmy children with a Guereza Colobus caught with a crossbow
3. Baka children sitting around
a just-caught Guereza Colobus.
Red-tailed Monkey caught by the Baka Pygmies with the crossbow
4. Red-tailed Monkey
(Cercopithecus ascanius).
Preparation of the poison for the crossbow used by the Baka Pygmies
5. Baka hunter preparing
the poison for bow
and crossbow arrows.
Pygmy hunter with bow and poisoned arrows
6. Hunter with bow
and poisoned arrows
in front of a leaf hut.
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Pygmy hunter with crossbow, quiver and poisoned arrows
7. Luis Devin with a Baka hunter
leaving for a crossbow hunt.
The author:
Music anthropologist and writer, he has carried out field research in central Africa, where he lived with the Baka Pygmies and other forest peoples, whose music, rituals and survival strategies he has been studying for more than a decade.

Baka Pygmy bow and crossbow hunting, with photos and ethnographic notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 14:15. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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