« We do not want to live in a leftover of the forest nor become leftovers of human beings… »

Yanomami mother with baby, Amazonas (Venezuela) – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

« In their land, the white people have already cleared nearly all of the trees. They only keep a few patches of forest, which they have enclosed in fences … they now intend to do the same thing in our land.
I do not want my people to live in a remnant of the forest, or for us to become the remnants of human beings. »

  • Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa

Yanomami shabono, the communal house, Amazonas (Venezuela) – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

What do the Yanomami and other Indigenous people think of gold and other resources of the forest that have been so coveted for over 500 years?

Please see the Yanomami shaman’s message here:

PLEASE BOYCOTT GOLD FOR THE YANOMAMI! – Please give gifts that don’t destroy nature and the lives of indigenous peoples! – LISTEN TO THE YANOMAMI SHAMAN’S MESSAGE – THE PLEA OF THE RAINFOREST!

View of the Parima mountains from the Yanomami shabono, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas (Venezuela) – the other side of the mountains is still Yanomami territory (Brazil) – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

Yes, it’s so easy to buy items that harm Indigenous people and Nature at the other end of the planet!

We all need to boycott all products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, soy, beef, etc.!

Illegally deforested Indigenous land (Brazil)

For more information about these issues, please see:

LAND BACK NOW! « Land for the Indigenous people has no commercial value, as in the private sense of civil possession. It is a relationship of identity, which includes spirituality and existence, and it is possible to affirm that there is no Indigenous community without land! » 


The Ethnocide of Indigenous Peoples is happening in South America AND in North America NOW!

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 « We do not want to live in a leftover of the forest nor become leftovers of human beings… »

  1. Pingback: « We do not want to live in a leftover of the forest nor become leftovers of human beings… » — Barbara Crane Navarro | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

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