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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Honey gathering, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Gathering honey in the treetops (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"The open buzzing mouth of the beehive. They tell me you have to follow the scent, know how to recognize the sound. You need to find a tree like this one. Then you tie yourself to the trunk and begin to climb. When you get to the hive you throw in a clump of burning leaves, and thrust your bare arms inside. Dazed by the smoke, the bees sting you while you toss chunks of honeycomb down to the people waiting below..."

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 13:12.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).