Deforestation versus Indigenous peoples – IV «  I want to warn the white people before they wind up tearing the sky’s roots out of the ground! » 


 Yanomami shamanic trance, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo and photomontage: Barbara Crane Navarro

« You do not know how to do anything with the forest. You only know how to cut down and burn its trees, to dig holes in its floor and soil its watercourses.

Yet it does not belong to you and none of you created it! »

  • Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa
Yanomami shabono, the communal house, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

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


Yanomami territory, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – photo: Barbara Crane Navarro

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


Deforestation on Indigenous lands and contamination with mercury for gold mining

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

Who’s buying gold illegally mined on Yanomami lands? See here:

“If they are devastating the Amazon in search of gold there is a buyer’s market. Who buys this gold? The big brands and brands in the fashion world?” Who then buys this gold as trinkets? Please make sure it’s not you!

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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