Photo gallery with soundscapes and quotes from the book The Forest Has You


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Leaf hut, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka children outside a leaf hut, in a rainforest camp (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"A hut is a green cocoon, a shell of leaves that is round and compact. Warm and welcoming, protective: as you enter you immediately feel the desire to lie down on the floor in foetal position. You are inside, but it's as if you are not there at all: the hut makes you invisible. In the sense that it is all formed from the forest, of leaves and branches, living things. Animals passing by mistake it for a bush..."

Luis Devin, The Forest Has You. Story of an Initiation
Italian edition: La foresta ti ha. Storia di un'iniziazione
(Castelvecchi - LIT Edizioni)

Soundscape: Baka children speaking and, in the background,
elderly woman singing a jodel lullaby (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon).

Photo gallery about African Pygmies and the rainforest, with soundscapes from pygmy camps and the forest.

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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 20:41.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).