The Yanomami ask for everyone’s attention, please! Yanomami children are dying!  

Yanomami child

Since July 2020, twenty thousand illegal gold miners have criminally invaded our territory! They deforest and destroy our land, contaminate our water, soil and fish with mercury, harass our women and girls and threaten us with guns! 

Destruction by gold mining in Indigenous territory

We use the water in our rivers and streams for drinking, cooking and washing. Now that they are polluted by gold mining, our children are malnourished.

Yanomami families going fishing

It is a serious problem that several health posts are closed in our territory because of the violence of illegal gold miners. The planes and helicopters used by gold miners are funded by organized crime. These criminal mining gangs are driving our doctors and health workers away by not permitting their authorized planes to land!

Gold miners use illegal landing strips in Indigenous territory

Please watch this animated film « The Amazon without Gold Mining ».

The narration is in Yanomami with subtitles in Portuguese, but the visual narrative is universally understood!

Please help Indigenous peoples! Boycott products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, exotic wood, gemstones, soy, beef, leather, etc. !!!

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 ask for everyone’s attention, please! Yanomami children are dying!  

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