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The pygmy canopy honey. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Banas were beekeepers well before becoming farmers ten years ago. Ownership of the trees bearing the hives predates land ownership and it is passed down by inheritance. So, on the land of Oïta’s concession, there is a tree holding a hive but Oïta owns neither one nor the other and in no case can he cut this tree down without the hive owner’s permission. Karo people, Omo valley, EthiopiaThe Banas were beekeepers well before becoming farmers ten years ago. Ownership of the trees bearing the hives predates land ownership and it is passed down by inheritance. So, on the land of Oïta’s concession, there is a tree holding a hive but Oïta owns neither one nor the other and in no case can he cut this tree down without the hive owner’s permission. Karo people, Omo valley, EthiopiaThe Banas were beekeepers well before becoming farmers ten years ago. Ownership of the trees bearing the hives predates land ownership and it is passed down by inheritance. So, on the land of Oïta’s concession, there is a tree holding a hive but Oïta owns neither one nor the other and in no case can he cut this tree down without the hive owner’s permission. Karo people, Omo valley, Ethiopia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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Here, time stands still. This same phantasmagoric harvest spectacle was taking place 30,000 years ago, when the first honey hunters faced the savage swarms. Solukumbu, Nepal. The tiger men honey huntingHere, time stands still. This same phantasmagoric harvest spectacle was taking place 30,000 years ago, when the first honey hunters faced the savage swarms. Solukumbu, Nepal. The tiger men honey huntingHere, time stands still. This same phantasmagoric harvest spectacle was taking place 30,000 years ago, when the first honey hunters faced the savage swarms. Solukumbu, Nepal. The tiger men honey hunting© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Honney hunters and the photographer Eric Tourneret. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Honney hunters and the photographer Eric Tourneret. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Honney hunters and the photographer Eric Tourneret. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Honney hunters and the photographer Eric

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The pygmy canopy honey. An indigenous village along a forest track. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. An indigenous village along a forest track. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. An indigenous village along a forest track. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In Pokola, the forest city between the departments of the Sangha and the Likouala, the forest company CIB aids in the development of the native communities and employs the N’Benseles as trailblazers and a school for the young indigenes with a school calendar adapted to the forest activities has been in operation since several years. The school is quite far from the native village and this distance does not facilitate attendance. For the young indigenes who speak French, the survival of their people depends on the education of an elite who will represent and defend them. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In Pokola, the forest city between the departments of the Sangha and the Likouala, the forest company CIB aids in the development of the native communities and employs the N’Benseles as trailblazers and a school for the young indigenes with a school calendar adapted to the forest activities has been in operation since several years. The school is quite far from the native village and this distance does not facilitate attendance. For the young indigenes who speak French, the survival of their people depends on the education of an elite who will represent and defend them. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In Pokola, the forest city between the departments of the Sangha and the Likouala, the forest company CIB aids in the development of the native communities and employs the N’Benseles as trailblazers and a school for the young indigenes with a school calendar adapted to the forest activities has been in operation since several years. The school is quite far from the native village and this distance does not facilitate attendance. For the young indigenes who speak French, the survival of their people depends on the education of an elite who will represent and defend them. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. On the forest track, a group of women come back from the stream after their bath. Lokouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. On the forest track, a group of women come back from the stream after their bath. Lokouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. On the forest track, a group of women come back from the stream after their bath. Lokouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The women catch the basket full of honey, the “pendi” at the moment it is lowered. In general, during the big honey season, the families are in the forest and the women also participate in the harvests. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The women catch the basket full of honey, the “pendi” at the moment it is lowered. In general, during the big honey season, the families are in the forest and the women also participate in the harvests. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The women catch the basket full of honey, the “pendi” at the moment it is lowered. In general, during the big honey season, the families are in the forest and the women also participate in the harvests. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter prepares the smoker made out of a bundle of sticks stuffed into leaves to create a dense smoke. An exceptional harvest of several kilos of honey from the trunk of an oil palm. Today, the oil palms are planted around the villages by the Bantu farmers following slash-and-burn and we can also find them near the camps of pygmies who consume them and thus scatter the fruit and seeds in the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter prepares the smoker made out of a bundle of sticks stuffed into leaves to create a dense smoke. An exceptional harvest of several kilos of honey from the trunk of an oil palm. Today, the oil palms are planted around the villages by the Bantu farmers following slash-and-burn and we can also find them near the camps of pygmies who consume them and thus scatter the fruit and seeds in the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter prepares the smoker made out of a bundle of sticks stuffed into leaves to create a dense smoke. An exceptional harvest of several kilos of honey from the trunk of an oil palm. Today, the oil palms are planted around the villages by the Bantu farmers following slash-and-burn and we can also find them near the camps of pygmies who consume them and thus scatter the fruit and seeds in the forest. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The basket of honey is lowered with a liana.Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The basket of honey is lowered with a liana.Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The basket of honey is lowered with a liana.Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In a Marantaceae forest, the honey-hunters climb the lianas to harvest a bees nest that had been located in the night. The honey-hunters get up before dawn to inspect the traps but also to be able to locate in the silence the sound of the bees fanning. A branch is cut near the tree to mark their discovery. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In a Marantaceae forest, the honey-hunters climb the lianas to harvest a bees nest that had been located in the night. The honey-hunters get up before dawn to inspect the traps but also to be able to locate in the silence the sound of the bees fanning. A branch is cut near the tree to mark their discovery. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In a Marantaceae forest, the honey-hunters climb the lianas to harvest a bees nest that had been located in the night. The honey-hunters get up before dawn to inspect the traps but also to be able to locate in the silence the sound of the bees fanning. A branch is cut near the tree to mark their discovery. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Meat from the bush in a traditional basket. The men make traps of wood and lianas to trap antelopes and boar. The meat is shared at the camp and the surplus sold. The pygmies also hunt with a gun for the Bantu salesmen. The hunt, with a permit, is open legally from May 1 to October 20. The natives are authorized to hunt all year for their needs with traditional means if they do not trade or sell the meat. Meat from the bush can be found in the markets year-round and throughout the country. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. One, two, three trees are harvested in a day. The honey-hunters devour the honey during the harvest as though to pay themselves for the effort expended. At the base of the tree, the honey is shared and the rest is brought back to the camp for the women and children. The brood cell is eaten by the men. It's man's food. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan and the big season for honey and larvae is in August and September. Then, everyone is in the forest and and no one is left in the village. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. One, two, three trees are harvested in a day. The honey-hunters devour the honey during the harvest as though to pay themselves for the effort expended. At the base of the tree, the honey is shared and the rest is brought back to the camp for the women and children. The brood cell is eaten by the men. It's man's food. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan and the big season for honey and larvae is in August and September. Then, everyone is in the forest and and no one is left in the village. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. One, two, three trees are harvested in a day. The honey-hunters devour the honey during the harvest as though to pay themselves for the effort expended. At the base of the tree, the honey is shared and the rest is brought back to the camp for the women and children. The brood cell is eaten by the men. It's man's food. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan and the big season for honey and larvae is in August and September. Then, everyone is in the forest and and no one is left in the village. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In the Masseyle family's hut, comfort is rudimentary. The mat is the only furniture. The fire is always kept lit to keep away insects. When they travel, the families always transport some embers to be able to quickly light a fire to smoke the bees, set up camp for the night or rapidly treat a snake bite by applying an ember to the wound. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the Masseyle family's hut, comfort is rudimentary. The mat is the only furniture. The fire is always kept lit to keep away insects. When they travel, the families always transport some embers to be able to quickly light a fire to smoke the bees, set up camp for the night or rapidly treat a snake bite by applying an ember to the wound. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the Masseyle family's hut, comfort is rudimentary. The mat is the only furniture. The fire is always kept lit to keep away insects. When they travel, the families always transport some embers to be able to quickly light a fire to smoke the bees, set up camp for the night or rapidly treat a snake bite by applying an ember to the wound. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A “Bouy”, honeycomb, brought back to the camp in a leaf. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A “Bouy”, honeycomb, brought back to the camp in a leaf. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A “Bouy”, honeycomb, brought back to the camp in a leaf. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter with the “Ndjingo” mushroom he gathered from amongst the buttress roots of the sacred tree of the ancestors. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter with the “Ndjingo” mushroom he gathered from amongst the buttress roots of the sacred tree of the ancestors. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A honey-hunter with the “Ndjingo” mushroom he gathered from amongst the buttress roots of the sacred tree of the ancestors. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In the undergrowth, a fire is lit to prepare the smoker for the bees. In the heart of the forest, when a space is opened to the sun, thousands of gnats swarm to the men to enjoy the mineral salts from their perspiration, drawing from their skin some nourishment. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the undergrowth, a fire is lit to prepare the smoker for the bees. In the heart of the forest, when a space is opened to the sun, thousands of gnats swarm to the men to enjoy the mineral salts from their perspiration, drawing from their skin some nourishment. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the undergrowth, a fire is lit to prepare the smoker for the bees. In the heart of the forest, when a space is opened to the sun, thousands of gnats swarm to the men to enjoy the mineral salts from their perspiration, drawing from their skin some nourishment. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A difficult climb for this honey-hunter who, with his basket for gathering the honey, climbs up a liana to reach the fork in a giant of the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A difficult climb for this honey-hunter who, with his basket for gathering the honey, climbs up a liana to reach the fork in a giant of the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A difficult climb for this honey-hunter who, with his basket for gathering the honey, climbs up a liana to reach the fork in a giant of the forest. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Following the harvest, the joy of honey. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Following the harvest, the joy of honey. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Following the harvest, the joy of honey. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. At the camp, the women build the structure of the hut within a few minutes. Then the hut is covered in Marantaceae leaves or some other leaves found in the immediate surroundings. At the camp, the ground is swept once a day, the fire in the huts keeps away gnats and insects and in the case of ants, red embers are scattered on the ground. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At the camp, the women build the structure of the hut within a few minutes. Then the hut is covered in Marantaceae leaves or some other leaves found in the immediate surroundings. At the camp, the ground is swept once a day, the fire in the huts keeps away gnats and insects and in the case of ants, red embers are scattered on the ground. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At the camp, the women build the structure of the hut within a few minutes. Then the hut is covered in Marantaceae leaves or some other leaves found in the immediate surroundings. At the camp, the ground is swept once a day, the fire in the huts keeps away gnats and insects and in the case of ants, red embers are scattered on the ground. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Scene at the camp. As opposed to the Bantus amongst whom polygamy is widespread and the extended family plays an essential social role, the family unit is quite close knit amongst the pygmies. At the camp, the couples are very solid and solidary. Before marriage, the youths are very free. In the village, the confrontation with the Bantu destabilizes the family. Alcohol, money and cheating perturb the people of the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Scene at the camp. As opposed to the Bantus amongst whom polygamy is widespread and the extended family plays an essential social role, the family unit is quite close knit amongst the pygmies. At the camp, the couples are very solid and solidary. Before marriage, the youths are very free. In the village, the confrontation with the Bantu destabilizes the family. Alcohol, money and cheating perturb the people of the forest. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Scene at the camp. As opposed to the Bantus amongst whom polygamy is widespread and the extended family plays an essential social role, the family unit is quite close knit amongst the pygmies. At the camp, the couples are very solid and solidary. Before marriage, the youths are very free. In the village, the confrontation with the Bantu destabilizes the family. Alcohol, money and cheating perturb the people of the forest. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The stalks of Marantaceae are used for basketry, for making the traditional baskets and mats that will be sold to the Bantus. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The stalks of Marantaceae are used for basketry, for making the traditional baskets and mats that will be sold to the Bantus. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The stalks of Marantaceae are used for basketry, for making the traditional baskets and mats that will be sold to the Bantus. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The women go into the forest to gather wild yams for the meals, some palm nuts and also Koko leaves, the leaves of a liana used to prepare a sauce. The Koko leaves are also traded or sold to the Bantu masters who sell them in the market of Pokola, the neighboring city. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The women go into the forest to gather wild yams for the meals, some palm nuts and also Koko leaves, the leaves of a liana used to prepare a sauce. The Koko leaves are also traded or sold to the Bantu masters who sell them in the market of Pokola, the neighboring city. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The women go into the forest to gather wild yams for the meals, some palm nuts and also Koko leaves, the leaves of a liana used to prepare a sauce. The Koko leaves are also traded or sold to the Bantu masters who sell them in the market of Pokola, the neighboring city. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by “Libolis” trees, the camp of Massila groups together 5 huts. The huts are covered in Marantaceae leaves. The opening of forest roads in the last twenty-five years has profoundly changed the N’Bensele's way of life. Their relation with the Bantu masters has been modified; clothing and distilled alcohol has arrived in the camps and the villages. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by “Libolis” trees, the camp of Massila groups together 5 huts. The huts are covered in Marantaceae leaves. The opening of forest roads in the last twenty-five years has profoundly changed the N’Bensele's way of life. Their relation with the Bantu masters has been modified; clothing and distilled alcohol has arrived in the camps and the villages. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by “Libolis” trees, the camp of Massila groups together 5 huts. The huts are covered in Marantaceae leaves. The opening of forest roads in the last twenty-five years has profoundly changed the N’Bensele's way of life. Their relation with the Bantu masters has been modified; clothing and distilled alcohol has arrived in the camps and the villages. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In the evening at the camp, the people talk to the children about the ancestors and their ways of the past. They speak of hunting elephants with assegais. The ancestors, the great elephant hunters, are called “Touma” and when a entered the forest, the people had hopes for an exceptional hunt. During the nocturnal ceremonies, the whole camp calls upon the largesse of the god “Comba”. The chants are hunting songs, of enthusiasm and thanks for the hunt or harvest to come. These ceremonies often take place after a good hunt, when the camp shares antelope or boar meat. Likiouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the evening at the camp, the people talk to the children about the ancestors and their ways of the past. They speak of hunting elephants with assegais. The ancestors, the great elephant hunters, are called “Touma” and when a entered the forest, the people had hopes for an exceptional hunt. During the nocturnal ceremonies, the whole camp calls upon the largesse of the god “Comba”. The chants are hunting songs, of enthusiasm and thanks for the hunt or harvest to come. These ceremonies often take place after a good hunt, when the camp shares antelope or boar meat. Likiouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the evening at the camp, the people talk to the children about the ancestors and their ways of the past. They speak of hunting elephants with assegais. The ancestors, the great elephant hunters, are called “Touma” and when a entered the forest, the people had hopes for an exceptional hunt. During the nocturnal ceremonies, the whole camp calls upon the largesse of the god “Comba”. The chants are hunting songs, of enthusiasm and thanks for the hunt or harvest to come. These ceremonies often take place after a good hunt, when the camp shares antelope or boar meat. Likiouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The honey basket, “pendi”, is filled with the honey from the harvest. It is lowered from the tree using a rope made of lianas. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan who specializes in this activity. August and September are the big honey season in these rainforests with big marshy zones that favor the proliferation of flowers and bees' nests. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The honey basket, “pendi”, is filled with the honey from the harvest. It is lowered from the tree using a rope made of lianas. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan who specializes in this activity. August and September are the big honey season in these rainforests with big marshy zones that favor the proliferation of flowers and bees' nests. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The honey basket, “pendi”, is filled with the honey from the harvest. It is lowered from the tree using a rope made of lianas. Honey is important in the Likouala and for the N’Bensele clan who specializes in this activity. August and September are the big honey season in these rainforests with big marshy zones that favor the proliferation of flowers and bees' nests. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The honey-hunters have put the morning honey harvest on a Marantaceae leaf. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that they make “Douma”, the honey wine, or mead, that was until only recently the only alcohol consumed by the pygmy people. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The honey-hunters have put the morning honey harvest on a Marantaceae leaf. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that they make “Douma”, the honey wine, or mead, that was until only recently the only alcohol consumed by the pygmy people. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The honey-hunters have put the morning honey harvest on a Marantaceae leaf. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that they make “Douma”, the honey wine, or mead, that was until only recently the only alcohol consumed by the pygmy people. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. In the early morning following a stormy night that has made the temperatures drop, the women of the camp sing in unison to warm themselves. A moment of sharing in which smiles and good humour win out over the cold and damp of the night. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the early morning following a stormy night that has made the temperatures drop, the women of the camp sing in unison to warm themselves. A moment of sharing in which smiles and good humour win out over the cold and damp of the night. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. In the early morning following a stormy night that has made the temperatures drop, the women of the camp sing in unison to warm themselves. A moment of sharing in which smiles and good humour win out over the cold and damp of the night. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A team of honey-hunters have just spotted the flight of bees towards a nest more than 50 metres high in an undergrowth of Mangobé plants. The big equatorial forest of Central Africa is the planets second lung. But in reality it is a very diversified ecosystem. Human presence in this forest goes back more than 20,000 years and during the last 5000 years there have been periods of drought linked to climatic changes. 2500 years ago, with the spreading of iron, and the arrival of the Bantu people, the forest cover was profoundly modified, the savannahs created. The Mangobe plants with an open undergrowth attest to ancient human occupation. These are often the spots where slash and burn has been practiced. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A team of honey-hunters have just spotted the flight of bees towards a nest more than 50 metres high in an undergrowth of Mangobé plants. The big equatorial forest of Central Africa is the planets second lung. But in reality it is a very diversified ecosystem. Human presence in this forest goes back more than 20,000 years and during the last 5000 years there have been periods of drought linked to climatic changes. 2500 years ago, with the spreading of iron, and the arrival of the Bantu people, the forest cover was profoundly modified, the savannahs created. The Mangobe plants with an open undergrowth attest to ancient human occupation. These are often the spots where slash and burn has been practiced. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A team of honey-hunters have just spotted the flight of bees towards a nest more than 50 metres high in an undergrowth of Mangobé plants. The big equatorial forest of Central Africa is the planets second lung. But in reality it is a very diversified ecosystem. Human presence in this forest goes back more than 20,000 years and during the last 5000 years there have been periods of drought linked to climatic changes. 2500 years ago, with the spreading of iron, and the arrival of the Bantu people, the forest cover was profoundly modified, the savannahs created. The Mangobe plants with an open undergrowth attest to ancient human occupation. These are often the spots where slash and burn has been practiced. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. A “coma”, nest of stingless bees, has just been harvested and the honey-hunters sample their booty in the canopy. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A “coma”, nest of stingless bees, has just been harvested and the honey-hunters sample their booty in the canopy. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. A “coma”, nest of stingless bees, has just been harvested and the honey-hunters sample their booty in the canopy. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. The dental mutilation among pygmies and Bantu peoples of the North-West of Congo-Brazzaville have been motivated by aesthetics, courage and prominence. Long perpetrated by the two ethnic groups, they tend to disappear among the Bantu. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The dental mutilation among pygmies and Bantu peoples of the North-West of Congo-Brazzaville have been motivated by aesthetics, courage and prominence. Long perpetrated by the two ethnic groups, they tend to disappear among the Bantu. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. The dental mutilation among pygmies and Bantu peoples of the North-West of Congo-Brazzaville have been motivated by aesthetics, courage and prominence. Long perpetrated by the two ethnic groups, they tend to disappear among the Bantu. On an enormous mahogany tree 50 metres high, the honey-hunter perched on the trunk passes a branch with dexterity. The pygmies are excellent climbers, athletes of the forest who accomplish feats every day in harvesting the honey. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Honey is important in the department of Likouala and the N’Bensele clan is known for their honey production. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Honey is important in the department of Likouala and the N’Bensele clan is known for their honey production. Sangha, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Honey is important in the department of Likouala and the N’Bensele clan is known for their honey production. Sangha, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. Surrounded by bees, the honey-hunter balancing on the tree trunk plunges his hand into the nest to harvest the honeycombs. In the N’Bensele clan, the best way to find a wife in the camp is to give her honey. A man has to know how to climb and not be afraid of stings. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Likouala, CongoThe pygmy canopy honey. At over 40 metres above the ground, the honey-hunters smoke the bees and gather the honey from the forest canopy. During the little honey season in April and May, the harvests are smaller than during the big season in August and September. Several nests are harvested each day. The period with an abundance of honey is called “Nbosso”, August September. Everybody is in the forest and there's no one left in the village. It's during this period that the “Douma”, the honey wine, is made. Likouala, Congo© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. The harvesting of a honey board during the day has to be quick. The harvester climbs the tree, smokes abundantly with the smoker and within a few minutes cuts the end of the comb. Then he climbs back down and onto the boat that immediately sails away to avoid the many attacks and also let the bees return to their nest. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The harvesting of a honey board during the day has to be quick. The harvester climbs the tree, smokes abundantly with the smoker and within a few minutes cuts the end of the comb. Then he climbs back down and onto the boat that immediately sails away to avoid the many attacks and also let the bees return to their nest. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The harvesting of a honey board during the day has to be quick. The harvester climbs the tree, smokes abundantly with the smoker and within a few minutes cuts the end of the comb. Then he climbs back down and onto the boat that immediately sails away to avoid the many attacks and also let the bees return to their nest. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. On his 52-years-old pirogue, Suharjo, fisherman and beekeeper, brings the honey from his harvest to the association APDS. Eighteen tons of honey were produced in 2014 by the members of the APDS. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. On his 52-years-old pirogue, Suharjo, fisherman and beekeeper, brings the honey from his harvest to the association APDS. Eighteen tons of honey were produced in 2014 by the members of the APDS. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. On his 52-years-old pirogue, Suharjo, fisherman and beekeeper, brings the honey from his harvest to the association APDS. Eighteen tons of honey were produced in 2014 by the members of the APDS. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. On his 52-years-old pirogue, Suharjo, fisherman

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The Honey Nights. The honey comb is cut cleanly. The honey harvester leaves a bit of honey on the comb, as well as the pollen and the brood. In the day, most of the bees chased away during the harvest return to their comb. If the flowers continue to blossom, they bring honey back to the comb again and the collectors will return a week later to again harvest the honey. This semi-domestication is an ingenious means of countering the natural instinct of the giant bees, which migrate over several hundred kilometers each year and easily change nests. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The honey comb is cut cleanly. The honey harvester leaves a bit of honey on the comb, as well as the pollen and the brood. In the day, most of the bees chased away during the harvest return to their comb. If the flowers continue to blossom, they bring honey back to the comb again and the collectors will return a week later to again harvest the honey. This semi-domestication is an ingenious means of countering the natural instinct of the giant bees, which migrate over several hundred kilometers each year and easily change nests. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The honey comb is cut cleanly. The honey harvester leaves a bit of honey on the comb, as well as the pollen and the brood. In the day, most of the bees chased away during the harvest return to their comb. If the flowers continue to blossom, they bring honey back to the comb again and the collectors will return a week later to again harvest the honey. This semi-domestication is an ingenious means of countering the natural instinct of the giant bees, which migrate over several hundred kilometers each year and easily change nests. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. In the middle of the day, the bees are chased from their nest with the help of a smoker. The smoke keeps the guardian bees at bay and the leaves at the end of the smoke are used to sweep away the most recalcitrant. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. In the middle of the day, the bees are chased from their nest with the help of a smoker. The smoke keeps the guardian bees at bay and the leaves at the end of the smoke are used to sweep away the most recalcitrant. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. In the middle of the day, the bees are chased from their nest with the help of a smoker. The smoke keeps the guardian bees at bay and the leaves at the end of the smoke are used to sweep away the most recalcitrant. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. Portrait of Suriadi, 29 years old, member of the association APDS and owner of nearly three hundred honey boards. In 2014, the swarms of 123 tikungs produced 250 kilos of honey. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Portrait of Suriadi, 29 years old, member of the association APDS and owner of nearly three hundred honey boards. In 2014, the swarms of 123 tikungs produced 250 kilos of honey. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Portrait of Suriadi, 29 years old, member of the association APDS and owner of nearly three hundred honey boards. In 2014, the swarms of 123 tikungs produced 250 kilos of honey. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. Suriadi, from the association APDS, leaves for the harvest. The beekeepers association of Danau Sentarum recommends the daily harvest to its members. To work faster and with less danger, it advises that three people participate: the boat's pilot, an assistant who retrieves the honey and the harvesters. Working in groups allows them to harvest even more nests, twenty or so in a few hours. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Suriadi, from the association APDS, leaves for the harvest. The beekeepers association of Danau Sentarum recommends the daily harvest to its members. To work faster and with less danger, it advises that three people participate: the boat's pilot, an assistant who retrieves the honey and the harvesters. Working in groups allows them to harvest even more nests, twenty or so in a few hours. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Suriadi, from the association APDS, leaves for the harvest. The beekeepers association of Danau Sentarum recommends the daily harvest to its members. To work faster and with less danger, it advises that three people participate: the boat's pilot, an assistant who retrieves the honey and the harvesters. Working in groups allows them to harvest even more nests, twenty or so in a few hours. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. Suriadi, from the association APDS, leaves for

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The Honey Nights. Day harvest by three people: the boat's driver, a helper who recovers the honey and harvests it. Group harvesting allows more nests to be harvested, some twenty in a few hours. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Day harvest by three people: the boat's driver, a helper who recovers the honey and harvests it. Group harvesting allows more nests to be harvested, some twenty in a few hours. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Day harvest by three people: the boat's driver, a helper who recovers the honey and harvests it. Group harvesting allows more nests to be harvested, some twenty in a few hours. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. At the APDS association's premises, Suriadi, 29 years old, takes care of production. He checks the honey's quality and also monitors the dehydrating process that lowers the honey's moisture content from 27% to 21%, an indispensable step that prevents rapid fermentation and thus allows for the marketing of the honey. APDS produced 18 tons of honey in 2014 in the territory covered by six villages. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. At the APDS association's premises, Suriadi, 29 years old, takes care of production. He checks the honey's quality and also monitors the dehydrating process that lowers the honey's moisture content from 27% to 21%, an indispensable step that prevents rapid fermentation and thus allows for the marketing of the honey. APDS produced 18 tons of honey in 2014 in the territory covered by six villages. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. At the APDS association's premises, Suriadi, 29 years old, takes care of production. He checks the honey's quality and also monitors the dehydrating process that lowers the honey's moisture content from 27% to 21%, an indispensable step that prevents rapid fermentation and thus allows for the marketing of the honey. APDS produced 18 tons of honey in 2014 in the territory covered by six villages. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. At the APDS association's premises, Suriadi, 29

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The Honey Nights. The making of honey boards or tikung in the village of Lubak Mawang. The boards are cut and then their lower surface is rubbed with wax to increase the chances of attracting the swarms. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The making of honey boards or tikung in the village of Lubak Mawang. The boards are cut and then their lower surface is rubbed with wax to increase the chances of attracting the swarms. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The making of honey boards or tikung in the village of Lubak Mawang. The boards are cut and then their lower surface is rubbed with wax to increase the chances of attracting the swarms. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. Giant Honey bees (Apis dorsata) on their brood. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Giant Honey bees (Apis dorsata) on their brood. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Giant Honey bees (Apis dorsata) on their brood. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. Scenes of daily life in the fishing village of Lubak Mawang with its houses on piles. Life in the village revolves around fishing activities. The villagers get up early, fish and process their catch. Just before nightfall, they bathe themselves in the river. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Scenes of daily life in the fishing village of Lubak Mawang with its houses on piles. Life in the village revolves around fishing activities. The villagers get up early, fish and process their catch. Just before nightfall, they bathe themselves in the river. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. Scenes of daily life in the fishing village of Lubak Mawang with its houses on piles. Life in the village revolves around fishing activities. The villagers get up early, fish and process their catch. Just before nightfall, they bathe themselves in the river. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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The Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, IndonesiaThe Honey Nights. The day after the harvest, in the village of Lubak Mawang, the men from Pak Hamsah's family prepare the honey to be sold. They cut the combs and filter the nectar. For the start of this season, the harvest was meager: only 18kg were extracted the previous evening. Borneo, Indonesia© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoJPG - RMNon exclusive sale
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