« The Yanomami think and speak with the soul of the land, the rivers, the mountains, the moon, the stars and the sun. »


Where are the Yanomami? Where’s Brazil?

This month, the Yanomami will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the demarcation of their territory, a landmark in the struggle for Indigenous people’s rights. Their lands are protected in theory but not in fact…
Brazil’s president Bolsonaro supports illegal gold miners and encourages extractive industries on Indigenous lands. He and his government are complicit in the ongoing massacre and destruction which is pushing the planet closer to ecological catastrophe.


Illegal gold mining site on Indigenous land

Indigenous territories are being destroyed and plundered by illegal gold mining. Gold miners mix 6 kilos of mercury into the water and soil for every kilo of gold they take.
Yanomami families are poisoned from mercury in their water and fish.
Yanomami are shot by the invading gold miners and women and children are brutalized and raped.


Yanomami girl

« The Yanomami think and speak with the soul of the land, the rivers, the mountains, the moon, the stars and the sun. »
– Davi Kopenawa, Yanomami shaman & spokesman


Yanomami communal house in the forest (upper left) with a gold mining site (lower left) contaminating the river nearby

Yes, if humanity hopes to have a viable future we must help the Yanomami and other Indigenous peoples protect the forest.

Please take action for the Earth and Indigenous peoples!
Please boycott all products from deforestation!

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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2 Responses to « The Yanomami think and speak with the soul of the land, the rivers, the mountains, the moon, the stars and the sun. »

  1. Pingback: « The Yanomami think and speak with the soul of the land, the rivers, the mountains, the moon, the stars and the sun. » | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

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