« They soon forgot the beauty of the forest! »

« They began greedily tearing minerals out of the ground. They built factories to melt them and make great quantities of merchandise. 

They told themselves: Aren’t our hands so skilled to craft these things? We are the only ones who are so clever! We truly are the people of merchandise!

They made money proliferate everywhere. By wanting to possess all this merchandise, they were seized by a limitless desire.

It was with these words of merchandise that the white people started cutting all the trees, mistreating the land and soiling the water courses.

They do it out of jealousy for gold. »

  • Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa

The forest endangered by gold prospectors – drawing on paper: Anoami Yanomami

Gold mining destruction of the forest on indigenous territory

The destruction of the world’s tropical forests is a tragedy and a crime. The Fire Sculpture performances express the urgency of protecting these forests and the lives of the communities that depend on them.

Please watch this 5 minute 23 second film of a fire sculpture performance at la Miroiterie art space in Paris, France, woven with a fire sculpture perfomance in the Yanomami village of Arata-teri in the Alto Orinoco region of Venezuela, both created to protest ongoing destruction of the rainforest and the degradation of indigenous lives:

PLEASE DO NOT BUY OR USE GOLD!

And please give gifts that don’t destroy nature and the lives of indigenous peoples!

Please also watch this 48 second film of the light installation « Yanomami shamans struggle against xawara smoke of epidemics » included here:

About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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7 Responses to « They soon forgot the beauty of the forest! »

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    A gold mine in indigenous territory – NO to the destruction of indigenous lands in Venezuela by the Arco Minero del Orinoco de Maduro – NO to Bolsonaro’s withdrawal of protections for indigenous territories in Brazil !!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Christiana Magalhães says:

    Isso se aplica aos cartéis de drogas, ao crime organizado e à indústria de joias de ouro e diamantes que lucram com a devastação da Natureza e a degradação das vidas indígenas:”Você constrói seu reino sobre cadáveres. O que quer que você queira, faça o que fizer, você se move em uma mentira. À sua vista, as lágrimas brotam e sua dor clama. Você é a força que tem precedência sobre a direita. Você não é uma tocha, mas um fogo. Tudo que você toca, você consome … ”
    René Maran, “Batouala”, extrato do prefácio.

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