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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Leaving for the gathering, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka woman with basket on her back, setting off to gather food from the forest (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"One day you go out to lay your traps, the next you gather termites. You build a dam of branches and mud, so the river runs dry and you can fill your basket with fish. 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. There's nothing to be ashamed of..."

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

Soundscape: voices in a Baka camp. In the background, insects
and birds of the surrounding rainforest (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 20:43.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).