The Zafimaniry are an ethnic group that resides in Madagascar. They live in forests in the south-east of the Ambositra region and their history shows how populations have been forced to internal migration due to strong deforestation. Their population amounts to about 15,000 / 25,000 inhabitants and they are the creators of a special art of wood architecture and carving. Intangible World Heritage of UNESCO since 2003, they represent the last custodians of traditional wood processing in Madagascar. The Zafimaniry use 20 different types of endemic trees, each suitable for a particular construction or a decorative function. Their works are composed of different magical signs with the aim of protecting the community, forming a strong bond with the nature that surrounds them.