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Baka Culture (98) More files... by Cyril Ruoso
In the heart of the Congo, a small tropical forest in the extreme southeast of Cameroon live the Baka. The forest is their home, their market, their pharmacy and their hunting grounds but especially their soul. In this dense, green habitat that received 2,500 MM of water annual it always seems to be raining. The Baka culture is intimately linked to the forest. These sanctuaries of tropical vegetation shelter a dense biodiversity. Regardless, the rich life has been diminished by resource extraction.

Photographer Cyril Ruoso journeys into southeast Cameroon to live with the Baka natives, hunter-gatherers to are intimately tied to the forest. His voyage helps us to understand the essential role of this rainforest environment to maintaining the health of the planet. He traveled to the heart of the forest to learn about the dangers that threaten the survival of this region, but equally to learn about the solutions that are being used to heal this emerald land, the lungs of our planet.

A book entitled 'Il Etait une fois la Foret' will be published in 2009 through Groupe Fleurus which is illustrated by Ruoso's photos and Grundmann's text.

Text by Emanuelle Grundmann
Baka man hunting, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429346 Baka man hunting, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka man in a forest hunting camp, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429301 Baka man in a forest hunting camp, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429340 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman is the oldest in the community and still carries leaves to cover a hut, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429323 Baka woman is the oldest in the community and still carries leaves to cover a hut, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) stems and leaves used by Baka woman to make a mat, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429291 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) stems and leaves used by Baka woman to make a mat, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429343 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka woman to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429334 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka woman to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka woman to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429333 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka woman to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka boy to build a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429286 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka boy to build a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka girl to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429331 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by Baka girl to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429332 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka people making Mongolus, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429342 Baka people making Mongolus, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429330 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make Mongolus, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429335 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make Mongolus, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka boy in a forest hunting camp, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429297 Baka boy in a forest hunting camp, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka man and child in a Mongolu at a forest hunting campsite, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429298 Baka man and child in a Mongolu at a forest hunting campsite, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka tribe hunting camp with a tribe member holding a knife, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429336 Baka tribe hunting camp with a tribe member holding a knife, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka tribe hunting camp of Mongolu's, with tribe members, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429337 Baka tribe hunting camp of Mongolu's, with tribe members, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429344 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka man taking shelter in a Mongolu at a forest hunting camp, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429296 Baka man taking shelter in a Mongolu at a forest hunting camp, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429284 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaves used by the Baka people to make a Mongolu, a hut made from sticks and leaves, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman with large basket for traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429307 Baka woman with large basket for traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman carrying baby in large basket while traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429308 Baka woman carrying baby in large basket while traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman gathering fruit and nuts with her baby, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429300 Baka woman gathering fruit and nuts with her baby, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman carrying large basket while traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429329 Baka woman carrying large basket while traveling through the rainforest, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman using small dam in stream to catch fish, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429293 Baka woman using small dam in stream to catch fish, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Fish caught by Baka women from making small dams in the stream, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429281 Fish caught by Baka women from making small dams in the stream, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka hunting spear is passed from one generation to the next, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429280 Baka hunting spear is passed from one generation to the next, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) caught by Baka man for food, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429305 Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) caught by Baka man for food, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Wire trap used by Bantou people makes finding food for Baka people harder, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429295 Wire trap used by Bantou people makes finding food for Baka people harder, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka boy digging for crabs, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429299 Baka boy digging for crabs, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka girl with crab caught by drilling the bank around the burrow, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429294 Baka girl with crab caught by drilling the bank around the burrow, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka boys in forest hunting camp at Mongolu shelter, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429302 Baka boys in forest hunting camp at Mongolu shelter, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka tribe member looking for termite larva as food, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429341 Baka tribe member looking for termite larva as food, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Wild honey and combs gathered by Baka men, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429347 Wild honey and combs gathered by Baka men, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka men collecting honey, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429287 Baka men collecting honey, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka women collecting the seeds of fruit, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429345 Baka women collecting the seeds of fruit, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman with honey collected by men, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429290 Baka woman with honey collected by men, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka child eating honey, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429288 Baka child eating honey, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka child using a leaf to eat honey, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429289 Baka child using a leaf to eat honey, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka tribe member in farm camp with bananas, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429309 Baka tribe member in farm camp with bananas, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman is cutting very thin pieces of a leaf for food, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429310 Baka woman is cutting very thin pieces of a leaf for food, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Dried nuts collected by Baka woman, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429292 Dried nuts collected by Baka woman, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaf used by the Baka people to carry mushrooms back to camp, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429327 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaf used by the Baka people to carry mushrooms back to camp, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaf used by the Baka people to carry food back from the forest, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429283 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) leaf used by the Baka people to carry food back from the forest, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) fabricated basket used to carry food, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429328 Ngongo (Megaphrynium macrostachyum) fabricated basket used to carry food, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Tropical fruit eaten by the Baka people, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429282 Tropical fruit eaten by the Baka people, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka woman performing a dance by splashing the water after returning from gathering fruit, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429306 Baka woman performing a dance by splashing the water after returning from gathering fruit, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka child swinging on rope made from a single piece of bark, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429285 Baka child swinging on rope made from a single piece of bark, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
Baka child swinging on liana in the forest, Cameroon  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00429338 Baka child swinging on liana in the forest, Cameroon© Cyril Ruoso
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