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Hunter's Crown
Photograph by Randy Olson

Hauling a net of twined liana bark, an Mbuti man threads through the thick Ituri. The Mbuti hunt in groups, setting their nets end to end between trees, then driving antelope, forest giraffes, and other animals into them. But meat accounts for only part of the Mbuti diet: Hunters regularly trade meat for grains and vegetables with Bantu farmers. The two cultures have evolved to depend on each other for goods, services, and even important rituals. Throughout central Africa, Pygmies form such bonds with farming neighbors. The relationships work—unless Pygmies lose their traditional hunting grounds to miners seeking gold, poachers hunting wild game, or loggers hacking tropical hardwoods. When their forest home disappears, Pygmies often become paupers.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 16mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 6:17 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Flash
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