Ituri Forest Pygmies | Who Rules the Forest? National Geographic Magazine: Net Hunting Pygmy Smoking Dope | Ituri Forest, DR Congo

Net Hunting Pygmy Smoking Dope | Ituri Forest, DR Congo

Net Hunting Pygmy Smoking Dope | Ituri Forest, DR Congo

From my journal:

On the first hunt, they don’t catch anything.  Lightning is crackling over the hole in the forest over our heads and a cool wind is starting to move thru.  They cleared a spot for my tent where all the water will wash thru it…  (I actually wanted out of the way for photography reasons)… but now the only flat place to move the tent is right in the middle of all the pygmy campfires.  Pygmies expect a big rain and build a trench around the tent with machetes.  This is a surreal scene… I am in my tent, at night… and 70 pygmies with their cooking fires throw their shadows onto the tent walls.

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