Bakola Pygmy man making a pannier
1. Making of a woven pannier
with plant fibers derived
from liana plants.

Other Daily Activities

(basket and mat weaving, gathering
and preparation of food, etc.)

(BaKola Pygmies / BaGyeli Pygmies of Cameroon)
Photos, texts and audio recordings
by Luis Devin
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Soundscape: edible seed comminution on a wooden
chopping board (Bakola Pygmies of Cameroon).
Bakola-bagyeli Pygmy child preparing food
Lithic chopping board and round stone
2. Bakola child with wooden
chopping board, inside a hut.
3. Pygmy stone chopping board with pebble
to crumble seeds and other vegetables.
Pannier of leaves and other materials
4. Gathering of leaves,
giant land snails,
firewood and other
forest materials.
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plants and animals
Boiled caterpillars in a pot
Fresh water shrimps
5. Caterpillar soup, in a pot on the fire.
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6. Freshly caught river shrimps in a basket.
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Bakola-Bagyeli Pygmy child gathering wild fruits
7. Gathering of wild fruits
and other edible vegetables
along a path near the camp.
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Pirogue in a Cameroonian river
8. Moving on a pirogue along a river
in the Cameroonian rainforest.
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.

Bakola Pygmy daily activities, with photos and ethnographic notes (BaKola Pygmies / BaGyeli Pygmies of Cameroon).

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 BaKola-BaGyeli Pygmy people live, is 16:11. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).

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