Many established gold buyers in wealthy countries; Switzerland, Canada and the U.K. bought 72% of Brazil’s gold exports and are contributing to the violence, deforestation, pollution and deadly mercury contamination associated with illegal gold mining! – If you buy or wear gold, it could be connected to you, too! 


Yanomami communal house

« My ancestors died from the same thing I am now facing; illegal gold mining and the epidemics the miners propagate. Gold miners bring Covid-19 xawara and violence. »

  • Dario Kopenawa Yanomami

Deforestation and contamination by gold miners in Indigenous territory

In early November, 2021, Dario Kopenawa Yanomami learned of the recent murder of three of his relatives in a remote community of Moxihatëtëa by illegal gold miners. His concern is that, since the gold miners and criminal elements that support them are becoming more violent, there could be another incident like the 1993 Haximu massacre in which sixteen Yanomami were slaughtered by gold miners. Survivors of Haximu recall: « The gold-miners killed our brothers and sisters and also killed our father with machetes; some of them were killed with guns. »


Survivors of the Haximu massacre holding the cremated remains of their murdered relatives

« These are mercury-contaminated wounds opened by gold mining in our Yanomami Land.

Gold mining is exploding and getting closer and closer to our families! 

It’s past time to end this! »

  • Dario Kopenawa Yanomami

Gold isn’t worth the devastation it causes!

Yes, it’s past time to end this! 

Please help end this cycle of deforestation and devastation! 

Please boycott all products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, beef, soy, exotic wood, gem stones, etc.!

Please purchase locally-sourced, in-season items that aren’t transported from 3000 kilometers away!

For more details regarding the merchandising of gold using the Yanomami and trees, please see here:

https://barbara-navarro.com/2021/10/01/the-death-of-nature-gold-and-diamond-merchandise-the-art-of-greenwashing-by-the-luxury-merchants-of-the-death-of-nature-and-indigenous-peoplesin-their-own-words/

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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