While the men hunt the women will look for a seasonal fruit called Fekkie Not

While the men hunt the women will look for a seasonal

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with minimal bites, it will be worth it. While the men hunt, the women will look for a seasonal fruit called Fekkie. Not only do they utilize this fruit for eating, they also crush the seeds into a thick paste and use it for cooking. They harvest enough seeds to last them months. The men of the village have created creative techniques on how to gather honey from seemingly impossible heights. The men will leave the village at night, when the bees are searching for flowers and wait until a tree “talks” to them. A talking tree would be one that is humming so loudly because of the number of bees on it. They wait for morning and a skilled volunteer begins to climb the 140 feet tree. The Baka use a mechanism of vines as a fall arrest that wraps around the width of the tree. Regardless of this method men still plummet to their deaths trying to retrieve honey. As the man uses the vines to pull himself up the tree, he is simultaneously hacking at the tree bark to create stabilizing foot holes. This process takes hours. The women also contribute to gathering of essential foods. One method they utilize is dam fishing. The women will isolate a section of the river and begin to build a dam with
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