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1. Elderly Baka woman
performing a ritual dance.
Go to the page: Ritual and participation dances
African Pygmies   > Baka Pygmies   > Society

Baka Women

–– Portraits ––

(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,
Gabon and Congo)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
Luis Devin - La Foresta ti ha
Soundscape: voices in a Baka camp. In the background, insects
and birds of the surrounding rainforest (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon).
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2. Old woman with a pannier,
coming back from the food
and material gathering
in the rainforest.
Go to the page: Food gathering
Go to the page: Material gathering
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3. Hair styling.
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4. Baka woman with
a scarf and facial
scarifications.
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5. Woman in the doorway
of a bark hut, in a
forest camp.
Go to the page: Baka forest camps
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6. - 9. Women with painted faces, performing a
polyphonic chant during a ritual ceremony.
Go to the page: Baka Pygmy chants and musical instruments
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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Baka women (rainforest of Central Africa), with soundscape and descriptive notes (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon, Gabon and Congo).

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

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka pygmy people live, is 00:16. It's night time. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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