NO BLOOD GOLD ! – A message for Davi Kopenawa, Claudia Andujar, Bruce Albert and Survival – with an admonition from cacique Raoni Metuktire:

Illegal gold mine in Yanomami territory
photo João Laet/The Guardian

When the cacique Raoni Metuktire came to Paris to speak, he asked that Europeans stop eating meat in order to protect the peoples of the Xingu from the destruction of their territory by the agro-industry. Along the same line of thought, all of you, speaking on behalf of the Yanomami, should ask people in Europe, and the rest of the world, to stop buying, selling and decorating themselves with gold in order to protect Yanomami territory from the predatory industry of vanity and its ornamental gold merchandise. 

Is Cartier, the luxury gold jewelry, watches and accessories company that created the Cartier Foundation for their communications, inviting you to come to Paris and New York to speak in order to exploit the sympathy that people in France and the U.S. feel for the Yanomami and using you as promotional gifts to greenwash their involvement in the extractivist gold industry? Is the exposition “The Yanomami Struggle” being presented by the very industry that is causing the destruction to Indigenous lives?

Cartier operates more than 200 stores in 125 countries. Owned by the Richemont Group, Cartier is its most profitable business and most valuable brand. Compagnie Financière Richemont is among the wealthiest of the big luxury industry conglomerates worldwide with profits from jewelry which amounted to around 11 billion euros in 2022.

photo montage: series “Pas de Cartier” – Barbara Crane Navarro/EZK street art 

Claudia Andujar in London in 1989. Photograph: Robert M Davis/Oxfam/Courtesy Instituto Moreira Salles (detail)

There is no sustainable way to extract gold. Forests are destroyed to make way for mining pits and rivers are contaminated. Cyanide is used in the legal gold mining industry instead of the mercury used in illegal mining but the toxic results of using cyanide are the same. The gold industry is a labyrinth of miners, bankers, traffickers, and luxury shops. Even in large-scale, industrial legal gold mining there are lax regulations, land grabbing, government-sanctioned expropriation and toxic waste.

Barrick Gold Corporation: Legal gold mining destroys forests and contaminates water sources

Drug cartels and organized crime control the illegal gold distribution market and this illegal supply chain goes all over the globe, commanding an important share of the world’s gold merchandise.

These narco-traffickers are contributing to deadly violence in Indigenous territories of the Amazon region. Their operations used to rely principally on drug trafficking and now depend on buying and selling gold in order to launder their illegal drug money. One of the reasons illegal gold is so valuable to criminal groups is that, unlike cocaine, there’s a legal version that looks exactly like it.

Once gold is processed in a refinery, it is no longer traceable and criminal networks push dirty gold to corporations like Cartier, among others.

publicity photo by Cartier, reminiscent of the wealthy Capitol of Panem in The Hunger Games universe

Cartier represents the commodity fetishism of luxury jewelry – items that are functionally useless to human society. You can click on this link: to see what luxury gold items they are selling in Brazil. Can they really care about the forest and Indigenous people while they continue to sell gold to the world?

The Netflix episode “Dirty Gold” – part of the series “Dirty Money” – a documentary about the gold industry being used for money laundering by drug cartels since 2007, mentions Cartier by name. Behind the huge quantities of dirty gold moving around the world lies a tangled web of dirty money, illegal mining, environmental devastation.

It is appalling that 75% of the gold dug out of the earth yearly is destined to be made into jewelry, watches and other useless status symbols marketed by the luxury goods industry as well as discount shops. The result of the delirium for owning and wearing gold adornments is irreversible destruction of ecosystems and the degradation of Indigenous lives by gold miners and now death from mercury poisoning, malnutrition and malaria because of the damage from gold mining!

We all breathe the same air, we all drink the same water, we all live on a single Earth. We all must protect her.” – cacique Raoni Metuktire

“My fight is to protect the forest, so that we can live in peace”- cacique Raoni Metuktire – 520 years of resistance – Photo: Ricardo Stuckert

    “You must make every choice as though the life of your Earth Mother depended upon it, as though your own life depended upon it, as though your children’s lives depended upon it.” – John Lundin

For more detailed information, please read:

The DEATH of NATURE and INDIGENOUS PEOPLES for Gold and Diamond Merchandise and The ART of GREENWASHING by the MERCHANTS of GOLD – in their own words… 2023

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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5 Responses to NO BLOOD GOLD ! – A message for Davi Kopenawa, Claudia Andujar, Bruce Albert and Survival – with an admonition from cacique Raoni Metuktire:

  1. FromTheStars says:

    thanks Barbara. well done. great hug my friend. 🙂

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