« 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 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: