This world has an abundance of everything we need. Scarcity is due to people forgetting how to share: Baka Forest People
Saturday 6th February to Sunday 7th February
Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
Rainforest is the glue that holds the climate of our planet together. Lose the forest and it will have devastating consequences for all life on earth: Professor Sir Ghillean Prance
Saturday 2pm: London Rainforest Choir sing and build a forest house into being with traditional songs and chants of the Baka Forest People
Sunday 11.30am-12.15pm & 12.45pm-1.30pm: Singing workshop with Su Hart. Baka songs with games, dance and play for all ages
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Baka Camp in West Africa area of Eden rainforest Biome
At this camp, visitors can explore the way of life of the Baka indigenous people who live in the West African rainforests of Cameroon, the Congo basin and Gabon. They can see the shelters they build and hear the music they make using plants found in their sacred forests. (Music recorded by Martin Cradick from BAKA Beyond & One Heart Foundation) There is also information about the food they’ve hunted and gathered for thousands of years. The exhibit helps to convey how the Baka people’s way of life, superb listening skills, deep forest knowledge and the forest itself are now under threat.
For the Baka people, the forest is mother, father and guardian. The Baka have hunted and gathered, sung and played their way through life for thousands of years. The forest provides their medicines, shelter, food, work and play.
Features of the exhibit
Shelter – the Mongolu
This temporary shelter is an example of true low-impact living in keeping with the Baka way of life. They are built by covering flexible young branches with tough, weather-proof Ngongo leaves. The Baka also use Ngongo leaves as drinking cups, plates, baskets, mats, fans and jewellery.
Food – the Hunter-Gatherers
The Baka eat berries, wild yams, fruit, nuts, fish, termites and honey. The men usually do the hunting. This is getting harder as access to parts of the forest is limited, bush meat hunting is illegal in some areas, and large tracts are sold to logging and mining companies or exploited illegally. The women build dams to catch small fish, shrimps and crabs. They also put pulped Milletia vine (‘mongombo’) in the rivers to make fish float to the surface.
They can spend days seeking out a bee’s nest. Once one has been found someone goes up (up to 120 feet up trees), smokes the bees and grabs the honey. The tree is climbed with the help of a liana vine. Women have been known to ask prospective partners to get them honey to check out their skills!
- Angbindi (Earth Bow): This single-stringed instrument uses the earth itself as a sound-box. Its construction is similar to the Baka people’s snares and is often made when on hunting trips.
- Yelli: Sung by the Baka women the night before a hunt to enchant the animals of the forest, ensuring success by the men the next day.
- Limbindi: This musical bow is only played by the women. A thin vine is used as the string and a strong pliable branch as the bow.
Text based on Eden Project website: https://www.edenproject.com/get-involved/help-us-extend-our-rainforest-canopy-walkway