« The shaman’s xapiri spirits angrily crash the gold prospectors airplanes into the forest. It’s true! This happened when a very great shaman died of malaria propagated by gold miners. Several gold prospectors’ airplanes crashed in the treetops at that time. I saw their wrecked shells abandoned in the forest with my own eyes.
The shamans do not only repel these dangerous things to protect the inhabitants of the forest. They also work to protect the white people who live under the same sky.
If the xawara epidemic continues to invade our land, the shamans will all die and no one will be able to stop the forest from turning into chaos anymore.
For us, what the white people call ‘future’ is to protect the sky from the xawara epidemic fumes in order to keep it healthy. »
– Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa
Please watch this 2 minute 41 second film showing instants of Yanomami life and a shamanic initiation in Amazonas, Venezuela and the art performance « TheWay of the Shaman » created to protest ongoing destruction of the rainforest and the degradation of indigenous lives:
Please also watch this 48 second film of the light installation « Yanomami shamans struggle against xawara smoke of epidemics » included here:
THE EXHIBITION IS PROLONGED – “Pas de Cartier !” – Yanomami and Trees – Gold Mining and Gold Luxury items / COVID-19 propagated by Gold Miners…now through November 12th 2021
NO to Maduro’s Orinoco Mining Arc destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela!
NO to Bolsonaro’s removal of protections for indigenous territories in Brazil!
Gold mining and the indiscriminate use of mercury to ferret out gold are turning swaths of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems into a nightmarish moonscape!
PLEASE DO NOT BUY OR USE GOLD!
And please give gifts that don’t destroy nature and the lives of indigenous peoples!