Photographer's Note

The term "Pygmies" refers to several related ethnic groups of hunter-gatherers who inhabit the rain forests of Central Africa.
In the 1870, a German botanist named Georg August Schweinfurth came across a group of hunter-gatherers while on a trek through the Central African jungle. They came to be known as "Pygmies," from the Greek word meaning "dwarfish," because of their short stature. However, many Pygmies now prefer to be called "indigenous peoples" or by their specific ethnic group.
Pygmies are shorter than many of their neighbors, who belong to the Bantu ethnic group. They are often less
than five feet tall.
Pygmies are found throughout Central Africa, not just in the Republic of Congo but also Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and other countries.
In some areas, Pygmies speak the same language as their Bantu neighbors. In others, they speak their own language. In the northern Congo jungle, most Pygmies speak Baka, which also is the name of their ethnic group.
Pygmies practice a form of spirit worship that focuses on achieving harmony with the forest in which they live. More recently, many Pygmies have converted to Christianity because of missionary work in the area.

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