After recently watching a National Geographic documentary on TV I was intrigued viewing their report on the Fakawi pygmy tribe that lives in a remote area of Central Africa.
Their habitat is about 80% tall reed grasses and they build tree houses from which they can see far across the veldt. The camera crew happened upon a group of the Fakawi trekking through the reed grass. They are a very proud people the presenter noted, before you actually meet them all you see is their heads intermittently bobbing up and down in the grass shouting; we’re the Fakawi, we’re the Fakawi, obviously announcing a warning to travelers that they were in the area.
They proudly display body art tattoo like markings on their bodies – some is very intricate, so what else did I learn about the Fakawis?
Well, they all have something called Chongalulu, a remarkable instrument made from reed or bamboo with a point at one end that appears to have been soaked in some sort of paint or dye. The Chongalulu is about 8 inches long with a rough ball shape on the end of it; apparently this is a writing instrument which they use for creating the body artwork they all display. In the western world most keep a pen or pencil handy by parking it over an ear, not the Fakawis, they stick it through their nose, and with the point cap on it matches the roundish object at the other end. It almost looks like they have a bone through their nose!
I was so impressed by their Chongalulus so I decided to attempt to make one as a project. Your comments are welcome, and if you want to know more about who the Fakawi are, then just look in a mirror.
-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.