Madre y niño Yanomami, Amazonas, Venezuela

Como dice el portavoz de Yanomami, Davi Kopenawa, en el capítulo “humo de metal” de su libro “La caída del cielo”: “Ahora los buscadores hacen que el bosque apesta con el humo de sus motores y los vapores de oro y mercurio que arden juntos … termina enfermándonos. Tu veneno es formidable. No sabemos cómo combatirlo. Por eso estamos tan preocupados. … Si el pensamiento de los blancos no cambia de rumbo, tememos que nos mate a todos, entonces también los envenena”.

https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/04/12/la-fiebre-del-oro-covid-19-y-el-genocidio-yanomami/

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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1 Response to Madre y niño Yanomami, Amazonas, Venezuela

  1. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    As Yanomami spokesman Davi Kopenawa says in the “Metal Smoke” chapter of his book “The Falling Sky”: “Now the prospectors make the forest stink with the smoke from their engines and the fumes of gold and mercury that burn together … ends up making us sick. Your poison is formidable. We don’t know how to fight it. This is why we are so concerned. … If the thinking of the whites does not change course, we fear that it will kill us all, then it also poisons them ”.

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