their lives by hunting and gathering through the forest. They used poisonous leaves to use their poison for their weapons. The video shows how they beat the plant “rotenones” in order to release the poison. After the poison is released they put it in the water in order to release the chemicals left. Although, the remaining chemicals aren’t poisonous they stop the fish from getting oxygen and end up floating. At that moment they are collected under rocks. This is a skill that allows them to hunt their food. Women also collect fruits and nuts from which they also collect the oils for later cooking usage. The Baka people love honey and it is fascinating to see the trouble that they go through in order to obtain it. One of the Baka man is shown throughout the hours of labor in search of honey. Beginning at night and lasting hours climbing about 140ft to reach the nest. During the video it was clear that it was hard labor and that it took plenty of dedication. The techniques that the man used to avoid getting hurt by the bees shows their knowledge to survive. The fact that as the man was climbing everyone else was working doing other things shows that they all worked together in order to support each other. It depicts them as a close culture, family-based. Their face expressions once they received the honey was heartwarming. The Baka’s diet was simple, they ate what they were provided from the forest; however, it was the way they attained it that makes it admirable.
(3) Lastly, the film shows that although a woman may be pregnant it does not stop her from contributing as much as everyone else. They all take care of each other and they work together to feed themselves and find shelter. They’ve retained so much knowledge from the forest that they are capable to use leaves and plants as medicine. For example, Ingia was used to treat diarrhea. Also, at the end they showed how the pregnant woman was being massaged over her stomach with a plant that contained estrogen to reduce the pain from giving birth. The way that the Baka live and survive is fascinating and illustrates hard work and knowledge.
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- Archaeology, Aerosmith, Cameroon, Baka people, Carolina Pinedo