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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.

« La grande âme de la forêt est en péril ! – Les gens de la forêt vous appellent. – C’est un cri du peuple Yanomami, c’est un cri de la terre. – Nous appelons à l’aide! »  

« Aujourd’hui, la situation du peuple Yanomami est très mauvaise à cause de l’invasion incessante des orpailleurs illégaux. Ils ont pollué nos rivières et ruisseaux et la santé de notre communauté est menacée. La grande âme de la forêt est en … Continue reading

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Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation – Fast Company —

Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation – Fast Company https://ift.tt/3E3QDHD Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation  Fast Company Superforest via «deforestation» – Google News https://ift.tt/2tI2HiE Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation – Fast … Continue reading

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Glasgow Climate Pact: Where do all the words and numbers we heard at COP26 leave us? — Geography Directions

By Mary Gagen, Swansea University This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. No UN climate conference has seen such a blizzard of promising climate statements in such a short space of … Continue reading

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« The great soul of the forest is in peril! –  The people of the forest are calling to you. – It is a cry of the Yanomami people, it is a cry of the earth. – We are calling for help! » 

« Today, the situation of the Yanomami people is very bad because of the relentless invasion by illegal gold miners. They have polluted our rivers and streams and the health of our community is threatened.  The great soul of the forest … Continue reading

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Environmentalists urge halt to gold rush along Amazon tributary | Brazil | The Guardian — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

Environmentalists are demanding urgent action to halt an aquatic gold rush along one of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries, where hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges have converged in search of the precious metal. The vast flotilla – so large one … Continue reading

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The Hidden Impacts of Climate Change 3: Water War — My STEMM Future

Malick’s third blog in his Hidden Impacts of Climate Change – Water Wars. The Hidden Impacts of Climate Change 3: Water War — My STEMM Future

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Estrenan libro y mapa digital «Mujeres defensoras contra el extractivismo minero en Abya Yala» — Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina

Trabajo consiste en un tejido polifónico que busca visibilizar las voces y los aportes de las mujeres en defensa del territorio, de la naturaleza y de la vida, evidenciando las condiciones de vida de sus comunidades en situación de extractivismo … Continue reading

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« I miei nonni pescavano in questo fiume per sfamare la comunità. Ora è pieno di contaminazione da fanghi, benzina, diesel e mercurio. I pesci stanno morendo e la nostra terra Yanomami sta morendo. – I cercatori d’oro hanno preso tutto, la nostra sicurezza e la nostra salute. » 

« I miei nonni pescavano in questo fiume per sfamare la comunità. Ora è pieno di contaminazione da fanghi, benzina, diesel e mercurio. I pesci stanno morendo e la nostra terra Yanomami sta morendo. Noi Yanomami stiamo soffrendo, non abbiamo pace. … Continue reading

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At a ‘certified’ palm oil plantation in Nigeria, soldiers and conflict over land – Please Boycall ALL products containing deadly and cancerogenic Palm Oil! — Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News

…Critics say the RSPO’s decision to certify Okomu illustrates everything that’s gone wrong with sustainability labeling for palm oil. “A lot of community lands have been taken over. And these lands were being utilized by farmers and fisherfolk, women and … Continue reading

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Ao lado de gigantes do agronegócio, Harvard está em esquema ilegal de aquisição de terras no Piauí —

A SLC Agrícola e Radar S/A, que figuram como uma das maiores empresas do agronegócio no país, e o Fundo Patrimonial dos Professores Norte-americanos da Harvard Management Company (HMC) são um dos principais responsáveis pela crescente do desmatamento no cerrado … Continue reading

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