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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Black leopard, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa
Black African leopard (Panthera pardus).

"Face down in the mud, we search inside ourselves for what the Baka call njele: fierce courage. The fury of a wounded leopard with a paw caught in a trap. The snarl of a gorilla defending its troop. The anger buried deep in each of us that keeps us from breaking down, gives us the strength to go on regardless."

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

Soundscape: fragment of a Fang dance
from a small village in northern Gabon.

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 20:47.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).