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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Termite gathering, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Termite gathering - Young Baka boy piercing a big termite nest with a spear, after having smoked it with burnt twigs (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"One day you go out to lay your traps, the next you gather termites. And every life that you take away from the forest is transformed within you: every fruit that you pick, every animal you kill. You must not feel guilty about this, the Baka say. In a moment the forest takes back what it has given..."

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

Soundscape: rainforest insect calls and Southern
Tree Hyrax (Dendrohyrax arboreus) vocalizations.

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 21:52.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).