Un conte initiatique – “La Magie de l’Amazonie – Les aventures de Namowë, un garçon Yanomami”

Barbara Crane Navarro

illustration tirée de “La Magie de l’Amazonie – Les aventures de Namowë, un garçon Yanomami”

Dès ses premières pages La Magie de l’Amazonie, cet attachant livre pour enfants, décrit un monde presque inimaginable au XXIe siècle. Un monde tropical, luxuriant et agité, débordant d’une vie en communion avec les esprits des animaux et des plantes.

Tout commence à l’intérieur d’un shabono, l’habitation collective des Yanomami. Un chaman danse dans la lumière du feu d’un foyer, une danse rituelle implorant les Esprits de guérir Yarima, petit bébé malade. Namowë, son frère de 13 ans, attend de partir le lendemain pour sa première chasse avec les hommes de la communauté. Mais, au lieu de ça, pour sauver sa soeur il devra se lancer dans la quête d’une plante que le chaman ne possède pas.

Avec un clin d’œil en référence au voyage de Dorothy dans le Magicien d’Oz, le voyage…

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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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