« They cleared landing paths all over the place for their airplanes and helicopters, which constantly crisscrossed the sky. They marched past the forest people’s houses in dense columns, as numerous as koyo ants. The women became scared to come out, even to draw water! The forest emptied of any game, and the men stopped hunting. All remained sprawled in their hammocks, felled by relentless fevers. … The elders who used to speak with wisdom had been killed because they had bravely stood in the way of the gold prospectors or had died of malaria or pneumonia. … All the trails in the forest had become peccary wallows, and the rivers were reduced to muddy ponds. »
– Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa
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, gold jewelry, gold watch or gold accessory… That devastation is what you’ll receive for Valentine’s Day if your gift is made of gold!
Please help the Yanomami and other indigenous people devastated by the ravages of gold mining!
PLEASE DO NOT BUY GOLD FOR GIFTS! PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!
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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Earth Day 2021: NO BLOOD GOLD!
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