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Pygmy Pool Party: The Movie

By Boyd Matson

If you get a chance to go to a pygmy pool party don’t miss it.  The Ba’Aka or pygmies as they are commonly called can put on quite the show.  In a kind of water fight slash dance party atmosphere the ladies play the river like a conga drum, or maybe I should say Congo drum since we are in the Congo Basin in the Central African Republic.  Then comes what I call the “Unofficial Pygmy Olympic Diving Championship.”  I recently put up a few photos of one of these impromptu shows that I was lucky enough to witness on my trip to the CAR, but now comes the video from that day.  Clearly everyone is having a great time.  It’s a day I will never forget.


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