BaAka Women Dancing the Hunting Dance, Ndambo
This is an image of female BaAka dancers from the southwestern Central African Republic in the rainforest region dancing a hunting dance called Ndambo. Music and dance are important in BaAka culture. They can be performed for many reasons—sometimes in preparation for a hunt, other times to display skill. Dance and music bring together neighboring groups, helping people build social ties while sharing strategies for survival.
This source is a part of the Analyzing Music methods module.
Grateful Acknowledgement is made to the following institutions and individuals for permission to publish material from their collections:
Michelle Kisliuk, Seize the Dance! BaAka Musical Life and the Ethnography of Performance, Oxford University Press, 1998 (paper 2000).