« After the gold prospectors arrived … the forest had become bad and was filled with xawara epidemic fumes. The shaman elders who knew how to make the spirits’ image dance had died of these deadly fumes. »


Yanomami boys playing in the shabono, the communal house, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

« We went to the gold holes where the garimpeiros were working. … there were really very many of them here, far more than us!  They had dug vast ditches bordered with huge gravel heaps all over the place to find the shiny dust they were relentlessly searching the streams for.  All the watercourses were flooded with yellowish mud, soiled by motor oils, add covered in dead fish. Machines rumbled in a deafening roar on their cleared banks and their smoke stank up the entire surrounding forest. … 

I told myself: ‘Hou! This is all very bad. These white people seem to want to devour the earth like giant armadillos and peccaries! If we let them become more numerous, they will destroy the entire forest … We must absolutely chase them away!’ » – Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa


Gold mine destroying the forest and poisoning the river – photo: Ibama

Thousands of rainforest trees must be uprooted, hundreds of tons of soil mined and mixed with dozens of tons of toxic environmental pollutants that contaminate indigenous land and water sources for that one special gold ring… Is that destruction what you’d like to receive for Valentine’s Day?

Please help the Yanomami and other indigenous people suffering from the ravages of gold mining! 

PLEASE DO NOT BUY GOLD FOR GIFTS!

PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!

https://barbara-navarro.com/2020/04/24/the-true-cost-of-luxury-jewelry-cartels-launder-drug-money-selling-blood-gold-to-cartier-and-others-in-the-luxury-industry-and-indigenous-people-pay-the-price/

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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