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Hunter-Gatherer Peoples of the African Rainforests is a website dedicated to the hunter-gatherer peoples living in Central African rainforests, commonly called Pygmies. The main aim of these pages is to provide an introduction to their cultures and to promote their protection, documenting their richness and showing some of the factors that increasingly threaten their survival.
This website has been created by the Italian anthropologist and writer Luis Devin. It presents photos, music, sounds and other material collected during his fieldwork among the Baka of Cameroon and Gabon and among other pygmy groups in the Western Congo Basin.

A special thank goes to the Baka friends of the author as well as the other forest peoples who made his fieldwork in Central Africa possible over the years, always with great patience and affection, accepting him in their camps and in the extraordinary African rainforest world.

Copyright notice
Copyright © 1998-2024 Luis Devin. All rights reserved. Reproduction of texts, images, music, sounds and videos, as well as the print or elaboration of the site content, is forbitten, also for non-commercial use.

A note on the horizontal structure of the internal pages is mostly a horizontal website. Most of the inside pages are, in fact, horizontally structured, in order to give more emphasis and clarity to photographic documents and other content. Therefore those pages have to be scrolled horizontally!

Go to the Site Map page for a full list of the pages and subsections of the site.

Most of the texts and photo captions on the website's pages have been translated from the Italian version. Thank you for any suggestions or reports of errors, for which you can use the email address shown on the contact page.

* The page background is inspired by abstract patterns painted on bark clothes by Mbuti women, in the Ituri rainforest (Mbuti Pygmies of the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo). The decorations of the barks, which may refer to the reality of rainforest environment and Pygmy camps without offering a direct representation of them, are carried out with various natural pigments, using flexible sticks, liana cords, small stamps, or simply the fingertips dipped into the color.
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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 03:28.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).