Pygmy fisherman with fishing nets
1. Baka fisherman
on a pirogue
retrieving fishing nets.
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Net Fishing

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
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Soundscape: a paddle hitting the water, moving by pirogue
in a rainforest river; in the background, bird and insect calls.
Pygmy pirogue for net fishing
Pygmy fisherman returning from fishing on a pirogue
2. Pirogue trip in a rainforest river
for net fishing.
3. Returning from fishing on a pirogue.
Pygmy fisherman cleaning up a fishing net
4. Baka fisherman
cleaning up a fishing
net, after the recovery
of the fish.
Wooden pirogues of the Baka Pygmies
5. Pygmy pirogues used
for navigating the rivers
and for fishing trips.
Go to the page: Making of pirogues
from tree trunks
and other daily works
Pirogue expedition with the Baka Pygmies
6. Video recording a pirogue trip
in a forest river for the installation
and inspection of fishing nets.
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River fish from the African rain forest
7. Some fish caught by the
fishing nets of the Baka.
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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 net fishing, 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 19:58. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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