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


African Rainforest & Pygmy Peoples

Airplane over the forest, from Luis Devin's anthropological research in Central Africa (Gabon)
Smoke trail of a plane above the rainforest (Gabon).

"From time to time the people will raise their eyes and see the trail of a plane in the sky, straight as a spider's thread, evanescent as a cloud. And even if I have taken my heart away from here, Atemè tells me, even if I have began to forget them, the people will still be singing the song the women composed for me the day I arrived at the camp, and will still imagine me, up there on the plane looking down on the forest from on high..."

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

Soundscape: Greater Spot-nosed Monkey vocalizations
(Cercopithecus nictitans). In the background, African rainforest sounds.

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 01:15.
Every minute, at least 25 hectares (250.000 m²) of forest are destroyed around the world (source: WWF).