Deforestation versus Indigenous peoples – Il « What the white people call ‘Nature’s protection’ is actually us, the forest people, those who have lived under the cover of its trees since the beginning of time »

Planes and Illegal Airstrips Bringing Toxic Gold Mining to Yanomami Indigenous Land in Brazil

« We have friendship for the forest because we know that the spirits of the forest are its true owners. Yet the gold prospectors’ and the cattle ranchers’ thought is that of evil beings. The white people only know how to abuse and spoil it. They destroy everything in the forest – the earth, the trees, the hills, the rivers – until they have made its ground bare and blazing hot, until they even make themselves starve… »

  • Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa

Illegal gold mining is also happening on Yanomami lands in Venezuela

Yanomami and other Indigenous peoples use the water in the rivers and streams in their ancestral territories for drinking, cooking, bathing and fishing.

Gold mining and other extractive industries contaminate the water, poisoning people, wildlife and the soil. 

The abject destruction caused by gold mining is front page news!

Please help Indigenous peoples and Nature by boycotting all products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, soy, beef, etc.!

What do the Yanomami and other Indigenous people think of the ongoing deforestation for 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!

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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3 Responses to Deforestation versus Indigenous peoples – Il « What the white people call ‘Nature’s protection’ is actually us, the forest people, those who have lived under the cover of its trees since the beginning of time »

  1. picpholio says:

    This makes me so angry and nobody dare to take action agianst the regime and the big money companies. What they are doing has an impact ont the whole world and it’s a scandal, the way they threat the locals who live there for centuries !

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  2. Pingback: Deforestation versus Indigenous peoples – Il « What the white people call ‘Nature’s … | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

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