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.

Decolonial Research Methods, Online Seminar Series (October-December 2021), organised by Dr Leon Moosavi — Decolonial Dialogues

Overview: “While the popularisation of a coherent decolonial paradigm may be one of the most significant developments within academia in recent years, there has not been enough focus on the implications of this ‘decolonial turn’ for research methods and methodologies. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day — The King’s Page

NOELLE CABRERA Lifestyle Editor Click here to read in spanish! “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote rings true. That is why, when looking back on our country’s history, it is important to be … Continue reading

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La Giornata dei Popoli Indigeni è una festa celebrata nei paesi colonizzati per onorare i popoli indigeni e commemorare le loro storie e culture, mentre i governi e le imprese continuano a saccheggiare, depredare e rubare territori indigeni! 

Negli Stati Uniti, la Giornata dei popoli indigeni si è evoluta come alternativa al « giorno dell’invasione » – Columbus Day – che celebrava l’arrivo di Cristoforo Colombo nel Nuovo Mondo il 12 ottobre 1492 e l’inizio della colonizzazione del Nord America. … Continue reading

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¡¿“Orgullosos de nuestra historia”?! DESCARO: Vox plantea al Congreso español que se realicen homenajes al conquistador Hernán Cortés y pide que México mejore su sepulcro — Unión Mundo — mimismo

Las propuestas se presentaron en las vísperas del Día de la Hispanidad, fecha en que se recuerda la llegada de Cristóbal Colón a América. Estatua de Hernán Cortés en su ciudad natal, Medellín, Extremadura, Españ / Esteban Martinena Guerrero El … Continue reading

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1492 – October 12 – This day in History Columbus reaches the “New World” — My Take On History and Sports

After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island on October 12, 1492, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored … Continue reading

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El Día de los Pueblos Indígenas es una festividad que se celebra en los países colonizados para honrar a los pueblos indígenas y celebrar sus historias y culturas, ¡mientras los gobiernos y las empresas continúan saqueando y robando territorios indígenas!

En los Estados Unidos, el Día de los Pueblos Indígenas evolucionó como una alternativa al « día de la invasión », que celebró la llegada de Cristóbal Colón al Nuevo Mundo el 12 de octubre de 1492 y el inicio de la … Continue reading

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El 12 de octubre de 1492, el desdichado Almirante Cristóbal Colón, en busca de nuevas rutas para llegar a la India, se encontró con un continente desconocido, el Nuevo Mundo le llamó. Un mundo en plenitud, donde florecían esplendidas civilizaciones … Continue reading

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AMÉRICA LATINA: CONQUISTA y COLONIZACIÓN — Revista Umbrales Uruguay — mimismo

Una ocupación que mató a 60 millones de americanos en poco más de un siglo. El sacerdote español Fernando Bermudez Lopez ha estado 30 años misionero en Guatemala y México y es profesor universitario de Historia de la Iglesia en … Continue reading

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O Dia dos Povos Indígenas é um feriado celebrado nos países colonizados para homenagear os povos indígenas e comemorar suas histórias e culturas – enquanto governos e empresas continuam a pilhar, saquear e roubar territórios indígenas!

Nos Estados Unidos, o Dia dos Povos Indígenas evoluiu como uma alternativa ao « dia da invasão » – o Dia de Colombo – que celebrava a chegada de Cristóvão Colombo ao Novo Mundo em 12 de outubro de 1492 e o … Continue reading

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Anacaona and the Day of Indigenous Resistance  — Unwrapping Development

Today, October 12, is the Day of Indigenous Resistance, at least in Venezuela and in the hearts of millions of people in other lands. In Costa Rica, it’s the Día de las Culturas. But in many places, it’s still called … Continue reading

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