Pygmy boys dance wear leaves on their mouths for silence as they go through a manhood initiation called nKumbi. They wear ceremonial skirts for their circumcision ceremonies, and when the ritual is completed, the skirts will hang in the trees at the entrance to their village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pygmies are nomadic hunter-gatherers who rely on a healthy forest to survive. They have no claim to their own home territory, however, because the colonial Belgians assigned land rights only to sedentary groups
- RANDY OLSON
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- Ituri Forest Pygmy_National Geographic Magazine 9/2005