« To our elders, gold was just shiny flakes on the sand of the forest’s stream beds, like mica. They collected it to make a sorcery substance intended to blind people with whom they were angry. … this metal dust was highly feared. This is why we call the shards of shiny metal that the gold miners extract from the riverbeds oru hipëre a – the blinding sorcery of gold.
When the white people tear minerals out of the ground, they grind them up with their machines, then heat them in their factories.… Gold and other minerals are dangerous evil things that only bring disease and death. … Though this metal may be the most beautiful and most solid they can find to build their machines and their merchandise, it is dangerous for human beings.
By digging so far underground, the white people do not think about such things. If they did, they would not unceasingly tear everything they can out of the earth. I want to make them hear the words the xapiri spirits gave me in the time of dream so these thoughtless outsiders can understand what is really happening. »
- Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa
Gold mining – illegal and « legal » – and the indiscriminate use of mercury for cyanure to ferret out gold are turning swaths of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems into a nightmarish moonscape!
As much as 75% of the gold extracted each year is used for jewelry, watches and other vain and futile status symbols sold by Cartier and other corporations in the luxury industry as well as discount retailers worldwide.
Tens of 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 lands for that one special gold ring…
PLEASE DO NOT BUY OR USE GOLD!
And please give gifts that don’t destroy nature and the lives of indigenous peoples!
PLEASE BOYCOTT GOLD!
Please watch the 1 minute 20 second film of the light installation « Yanomami shamans struggle against xawara smoke of epidemics » included here:
More information about the exhibition “Pas de Cartier” is here:Yanomami and Trees – Gold Mining and Gold Luxury items / COVID-19 propagated by Gold Miners « No – Pas de Cartier ! » – The Exhibition is prolonged now through next year until 4 December 2022