Ituri Forest Pygmies | Who Rules the Forest? National Geographic Magazine: Pygmy Boys Learn to Fish | Forest Hunting Camp in Ituri | DR Congo

Pygmy Boys Learn to Fish | Forest Hunting Camp in Ituri | DR Congo

Pygmy Boys Learn to Fish | Forest Hunting Camp in Ituri | DR Congo

The Forest Hunting camps we hiked to are about 10k to the camp and then another 10K to where they string their nets.   Boys who are going thru the end of the circumcision ceremony called nKumbi accompanied the pygmies to the camp and were housed off to the side.  They were whipped every morning and then sent off into the forest to hunt or fish.

It took everything I had to follow these fast little guys.  My biggest problem was when I finally stopped to photograph, my glasses completely fogged.  A lot of photographs like this one are shot on the run, just pointing the camera in the general direction.

These boys pull a small hook out of their skirts and get a vine and a stick—they know where to dig for worms.  They catch five or six 2inch long fish and eat them raw for lunch.

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