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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 04-01-2011 05:03 PM 2480 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 05:16 PM

Hey! now my nose hurts. It really does, stinking pollen.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 06:16 PM

That’s our good ole Roger! I hope your Chongalulu is doing better. If not maybe a week on the beach in Honolulu will make a difference.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 06:25 PM

so when do we get to see the picture of you with your new appendage…im waiting…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 06:28 PM

Thanks for your comment. :-)

-- 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.

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 09:28 PM

We’re the Fakawi!?

A tribe related to another proud one who’s members used to hide in bramble or gorse bushes to avoid their enemies. They were called the Oomagoolies. In fact they used to cry out the tribe’s name, in defiance, as they ran into the brambles.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 01:30 AM

I think I’m going to throw-up.

The BS is getting deep.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 01:51 PM

Roger, are you sure you are OK? I thought you might be having fun until I got to this one and you decided to pierce your nose :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-02-2011 10:44 PM

Oh so you are allso on the modern wave of piercing the body all over
what have you in your tunge two snaketeeth ….. lol

take care

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