O Valor do Ouro que eles tanto ambicionam

Criança Yanomami brincando na água do rio, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela

Como diz o porta-voz Yanomami Davi Kopenawa em seu livro “A Queda do Céu”: “Quando um ser humano morre, seu fantasma não carrega nenhum de seus bens nas costas do céu, mesmo que ele fosse muito ganancioso. As coisas que ele fez ou adquiriu são deixadas na terra e atormentam os vivos revivendo o desejo de sua presença.

Somos diferentes dos brancos e nosso pensamento é diferente. Entre eles, quando um pai morre, seus filhos dizem que são felizes: “Vamos compartilhar sua mercadoria e seu dinheiro e mantê-los para nós!”

Nossos bens reais são as coisas da floresta: suas águas, seus peixes, sua caça, suas árvores e seus frutos. Sem mercadoria!

É por isso que, assim que alguém morre, fazemos desaparecer todos os objetos que ele guardava. Nós moemos seus colares de contas; queimamos sua rede, suas flechas, sua aljava, suas cabaças e seus enfeites de penas.

As pedras, as águas, a terra, as montanhas, o céu e o sol são imortais como os espíritos xapiri. Essas são coisas que … chamamos de parimi, eterno. O fôlego de vida dos humanos é muito curto. Estamos vivendo pouco tempo.

Os brancos já têm metal mais do que suficiente para fazer suas mercadorias e máquinas; terra para plantar suas  alimentos; pano para cobertura; carros e aviões para se locomover. No entanto, agora eles desejam o metal de nossa floresta para fazer ainda mais dessas coisas, embora o mau hálito de suas fábricas já esteja se espalhando por toda parte. … Mais tarde, após minha morte e a dos outros xamãs, a escuridão deles pode descer para nossas casas para que os filhos de nossos filhos parem de ver o sol. “

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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2 Responses to O Valor do Ouro que eles tanto ambicionam

  1. Pingback: O Valor do Ouro que eles tanto ambicionam — Barbara Crane Navarro – Tiny Life

  2. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    As spokesman Yanomami Davi Kopenawa says in his book “The Fall from Heaven”: “When a human being dies, his ghost does not carry any of his goods on the back of the sky, even though he was very greedy. The things he has done or acquired are left on the earth and torment the living by reliving the desire for his presence.

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