|1. Forest camp with
leaf and bark huts.
(Baka Pygmies of Cameroon,Photos, texts and audio recordings
Gabon and Congo)
by Luis Devin
Soundscape: rainforest insect calls and Southern
Tree Hyrax (Dendrohyrax arboreus) vocalizations.
Traditional Baka huts are called móngulu. They are typically shaped one-family houses made of branches and leaves and predominantly built by women.
After a hemispheric framework of flexible, thin branches is prepared, big recently-gathered leaves of Marantaceae plants fit in the structure. Once the work is done, other vegetable material is sometimes added to the dome in order to make the structure more compact and waterproof.
|4. Child in front of a hut made
of leaves and branches, with
a bark panel used as a door.
|5. Hut made of leaves and branches in a temporary camp.
6. Baka camp in the Cameroonian rainforest.
The forest of the Baka
|7. Children beside a hemispheric hut
with banana leaves used as a door.
Music anthropologist and writer, he has carried out field research in central Africa, where he lived with the Baka Pygmies and other forest peoples, whose music, rituals and survival strategies he has been studying for more than a decade.www.luisdevin.comwww.facebook.com/LuisDevin
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The time in the tropical rainforests of the Western Congo Basin, where the Baka Pygmy people live, is 14:54. Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).Go to the Baka Pygmies section index
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