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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Funeral dance, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka dancers performing a night ritual dance (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"All night long we dance and it seems as if we are spilling out into the forest, over the waters of the river, into the hollow trunks of the trees. Our shouts fill the paths and the clearings. Our skin releases the smell of our bodies on the wind, the smell of children of the forest. Without meaning to we are flowing out of ourselves, spreading far and wide. Without realizing it we are everywhere..."

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

Soundscape: fragment of a ritual dance
(Baka Pygmies of Gabon).

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 20:58.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).