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.

Le génocide des peuples autochtones en Amérique du Nord AVANT se produit en Amérique du Sud MAINTENANT !

« Ils veulent que nous abandonnions une autre partie de notre terre tribale. Ce n’est pas la première fois ni la dernière fois. Ils revendiquent cette mère qui est la nôtre, la Terre, pour leur propre usage, et clôturent leurs voisins … Continue reading

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Prophecy about black snake — LANDBACK Friends

When I first heard the Lakota prophecy about the black snake, I thought it was amazing that a sacred message from so long ago was coming true. What that said about Indigenous spirituality. I thought the image of the black … Continue reading

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Truth and Reconciliation — Sustainable Chilliwackian

What I’m about to say is probably going to piss a lot of white people off. These children who are buried in unmarked graves at residential schools in BC….they’re not that big of a deal. That’s right. Hundreds of children … Continue reading

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The Genocide of Indigenous Peoples in North America THEN is happening in South America NOW!

« They want us to give up another chunk of our tribal land. This is not the first time or the last time. They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from … Continue reading

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Research about boycotts: do they work and why participate in them? — Palm Oil Detectives – Please Boycott all products from deforestation!

Corporates, certification lobbyists and all individuals with a financial stake in the profitability of corporate entities will naturally decry that boycotts are a waste of time and ineffective. However, is this true? Here is some research Do boycotts work? Share … Continue reading

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Why join the #Boycott4Wildlife? — Palm Oil Detectives

According to a 2021 survey by Nestle of 1001 people, 17% of millennial shoppers (25-45 years old) completely avoid palm oil in the supermarket. 25% said that they actively check to see if products contain palmoil. As a generation, we … Continue reading

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« La terra per gli indigeni non ha valore commerciale, come nel senso privato del possesso civile. È un rapporto di identità, che include spiritualità ed esistenza, ed è possibile affermare che non c’è comunità indigena senza terra » 

Il ministro della Corte suprema brasiliana Edson Fachin ha votato contro il « lasso di tempo » e favore dei diritti dei popoli indigeni. Fachin ha affermato: « Non c’è certezza giuridica più grande del rispetto della Costituzione », confutando l’argomento ruralista secondo cui … Continue reading

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ONG Global Witness: Colombia es el país de Latinoamérica donde más asesinan a los ambientalistas — Unión Mundo — mimismo

La ONG Global Witness registró la cifra récord de 227 ambientalistas asesinados en 2020 a lo largo del mundo, 165 de ellos o el 73 por ciento del total, en América Latina. “Global Witness registró 227 asesinatos de defensores de … Continue reading

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Funai prorroga por 6 meses proteção legal da terra dos piripkura, indígenas isolados em MT — Ecoamazônia

SÃO PAULO, SP (FOLHAPRESS) – Pakyî e Tamandua, os dois únicos habitantes conhecidos que vivem na terra indígena Piripkura, tiveram um respiro. A portaria de restrição de uso da terra em Mato Grosso, na qual eles vivem isolados, venceria neste … Continue reading

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« La tierra para los indígenas no tiene valor comercial, como en el sentido privado de propiedad civil. Es una relación de identidad, que incluye espiritualidad y existencia, y se puede decir que no hay comunidad indígena sin tierra »

El ministro de la Suprema Corte Federal, Edson Fachin, votó a favor de rechazar el « marco temporal » ya favor de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas. Fachin dijo: « No hay mayor certeza jurídica que el respeto a la Constitución », refutando … Continue reading

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