The thin whisper of skirts dissolves into the Ituri rain forest as boys trail their elders on their way to a hunting camp. The Mbyte are one of several Pygmy groups still following semi-Nomadic traditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of the nKumbi manhood ritual involves young Pygmy boys learning survival skills. They walk single file on a path to meet net hunters wearing grass skirts while they train for five months before their initiation into manhood. At that time, they will be on on their own and will share adult responsibilities and feed their families.
- RANDY OLSON
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africa, african tribal peoples, circumcision, customs, democratic republic of the congo, ethnic and tribal peoples, forests and forestry, habitats and ecosystems, ituri forest, mbuti pygmy tribespeople, medical examination and treatment, peoples, puberty rites, pygmy tribespeople, rain forests, religion, religious rites, surgery, tribal customs, zaire
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- Ituri Forest Pygmy_National Geographic Magazine 9/2005