Pygmy woman gathering plant fibers
1. Gathering of plant fibers
for the making of woven
mats and baskets.
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African Pygmies   > Baka Pygmies   > Daily activities

Material Gathering

in the African rainforest

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
.Luis Devin - Ai confini del gusto.
Soundscape: tropical rainforest sounds (Central Africa).
Hunter-gatherers in the rain forest
2. Baka women on a rainforest
path returning from the
gathering of wild fruits,
tubers and plant materials.
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Leaf gathering for Pygmy huts
3. Gathering of large
leaves for the walls
and roof of the huts.
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Leaves used as roof tiles for Pygmy huts
4. Large leaves of Marantaceae
plants for the making of a shelter.
Firewood in a Baka Pygmy camp
5. Firewood stacked on the ground
in a Baka forest camp.
Baka Pygmy woman with a machete and a gathering pannier
6. Baka woman with a
machete, a knife and a
large pannier for the
gathering of food and
forest material.
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Pygmy hatchet for taking wood from the forest trees
7. Baka Boy taking the wood needed
to make tools from the enormous
aerial root of rainforest tree.
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huts and other daily works
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.

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Forest material gathering (Baka Pygmies), with photos and ethnographic notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
Page URL: http://www.pygmies.org/baka/material-gathering.php

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 21:19. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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