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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Filed teeth, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka girl with filed teeth (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"She doesn't say a word. But just by looking at her you feel as if she has spoken. Her body tells stories: it is covered with cuts, holes, ritual scars, filed down teeth. All marks and signs going back through the years to a time when the Grande Piste was nothing more than a track, and you could make your clothes out of bark from the trees..."

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 arched harp. In the background, sounds
and voices of a rainforest camp (Pigmei Baka del Camerun).

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

      Page URL:       Photos, texts and audio recordings by Luis Devin.
The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka and the other Pygmy peoples live, is 23:42.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).