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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Tears and smiles, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon)
Baka child cries after seeing me and is comforted by a big sister (Baka Pygmies, Cameroon).

"Out of the hut comes a hideous mask. Looking as if it has been moulded from the clay used to make cooking pots, dredged in the manioc flour pounded in the mortar, this face appears, the face of a dead Pygmy. And every time it comes out, it makes at least one child burst into tears so horribly white and bizarre that face must seem. My face."

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

Soundscape: voices in a Baka camp. In the background, insects
and birds of the surrounding rainforest (Baka 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 07:35.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).