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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

The forest swallows you, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka hunter-gatherer in the rainforest (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"It swallows you up and begins to absorb you. It digests you. The forest. In the end you are part of its body, like the antelopes and the streams. The plants and the palm grubs. You have become an extension of it. You belong to it."

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

Soundscape: Bedzan dance with polyphonic chant
and single skin drum (Bedzan 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 08:48.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).