It’s decolonization or extinction. And that starts with land back. — LANDBACK Friends

I’ve often written about my inability to convince people why we need to reject the systems of capitalism and endless economic growth. Emblematic of that is nearly fifty years I’ve lived without a car, hoping others might give up theirs, too. I’ve prayed and written so much about protecting Mother Earth for years, with little […]

It’s decolonization or extinction. And that starts with land back. — LANDBACK Friends

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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6 Responses to It’s decolonization or extinction. And that starts with land back. — LANDBACK Friends

  1. Unfortunately, people only react when it is hurting themselves, as long as it is only hurting others, many don’t really care.

    I totally agree with you on capitalismn and the paranoia of continuously growing economics. History has shown us many times, and not that long ago either (2008 just as an example), that continuous growth leads to a peak, followed by a collapse, before the growth starts again. Why on earth do we always precipitate this development? It is because a few people make really a bundle of money there and then, and they don’t care about the rest of us.

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    • I agree that money and power are driving the capitalist insanity. Somehow, too many people haven’t seemed to grasp that they won’t be able to eat their money to survive…
      During this “Truth and Reconciliation week” in Canada, Coastal GasLink corporation is pushing a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en sacred land and water sources, even though all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed every pipeline proposal and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink as the law requires. The Canadian government is allowing this and other grotesque abuses.
      This is criminal state violence.

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