Author Archives: Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

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.

In the heart of the tropical forest! – “Amazon Rainforest Magic The adventures of Meromi, a Yanomami girl”

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illustration from “Amazon Rainforest Magic – The adventures of Meromi, a Yanomami girl” A Christmas present this year, we spread the telling of this story over several evenings, reading it out loud. Our 8-year-old…

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One-fifth of reptiles heading towards extinction — Palm Oil Detectives

Almost one-fifth of the world’s reptiles are currently threatened with extinction. A recent study assessed 1500 species for extinction risks. From the 19% found to be in danger, 12% were classified as Critically Endangered, 41% as Endangered and 47% Vulnerable. … Continue reading

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If the trees could talk; would we want to hear what they were saying? — The Old Man of Wytham

It used to be so easy: humans were different to all other animals, made in the image of god and given dominion over the world (at least in some cultures). Now we know we are not so different, because virtually … Continue reading

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Aventuras chamánicas – “La Magia de la Amazonia Las aventuras de Meromi, una niña Yanomami”

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ilustración de “La Magia de la Amazonia- Las aventuras de Meromi, una niña Yanomami” ” Este segundo volumen de la serie La Magia de la Amazonia es tan encantador y atractivo como el primero.…

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Ariel Toucan Ramphastos ariel — Palm Oil Detectives

Ariel Toucan Ramphastos ariel Endangered Brazil No conservation The Ariel Toucan is one of the most iconic birds of the Amazon rainforest, depicted in countless pieces of art and historical renderings. They live in forested lowlands, most often near water, … Continue reading

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« O Valor do Ouro que eles tanto ambicionam – Nossos bens reais são as coisas da floresta: suas águas, seus peixes, sua caça, suas árvores e seus frutos. Sem mercadoria! » — Mágica Mistura✨

Publicado originalmente em Barbara Crane Navarro: Criança Yanomami brincando na água do rio, Alto Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela – foto: Barbara Crane Navarro « Quando um ser humano morre, seu fantasma não carrega nenhum de seus bens nas costas do céu, … Continue reading

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Aventures chamaniques – “La Magie de l’Amazonie Les aventures de Meromi, une fille Yanomami”

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illustration tirée de « La Magie de l’Amazonie Les aventures de Meromi, une fille Yanomami” “Ce deuxième volume de la série Amazon Rainforest Magic est aussi charmant et engageant que le premier. L’histoire continue le…

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Perú: Se crea reserva indígena Kakataibo Norte y Sur a favor de pueblo en aislamiento — Indigenous News of the World (INW)

El Ministerio de Cultura del Perú anuncio el pasado jueves la creación de la Reserva Indígena Kakataibo Norte y Sur.  Mapa de ubicación de la Reserva Indígena Kakataibo Norte y Sur. Fuente: IBC La reserva ubicada entre las regiones de … Continue reading

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Assista a “Repórter Eco: botos ameaçados no Rio grande do Sul” no YouTube — Mágica Mistura✨

No Repórter Eco tem o brasileiro Pedro Fruet que recebeu o “Oscar Verde” por sua atuação na proteção de botos ameaçados no Rio grande do Sul. 18 more words Assista a “Repórter Eco | 25/07/2021” no YouTube — Mágica Mistura✨

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Shamanic adventures – “Amazon Rainforest Magic The adventures of Meromi, a Yanomami girl”

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illustration from “Amazon Rainforest Magic – The adventures of Meromi, a Yanomami girl » “This second volume of the Amazon Rainforest Magic series is a page-turner and as charming and delightful as the author’s first.…

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