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

BAKA PYGMIES - SINGLE-SKIN DRUMS (CAMEROON)

African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples


Single-skin drums, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Drums used to accompany the dance during the Baka initiation rite (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"L'iniziazione è una cosa che fai quando ti senti di farla, quando sei pronto. Nessuno ti può obbligare a diventare un uomo... Qualcuno avrà quindici o sedici anni. L'età precisa non la sa nemmeno lui, perché qui nella foresta nessuno perde tempo a contare gli anni o i mesi o altre cose inutili..."

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


Soundscape: sounds of the Baka initiation camp
and surrounding rainforest. In the background, ritual
dance with initiates shouting (Baka Pygmies of Cameroon).




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

      Page URL: http://www.pygmies.org/rainforest-pygmies/photo-gallery.php?photo=66       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 17:59.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).