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.

Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti — Palm Oil Detectives

The enigmatic blue-billed curassow (Crax alberti – local name “Paujil”), endemic to the tropical humid forests of northern Colombia, is the cracid species most threatened with extinction in the wild from #deforestation Blue-billed Curassow Crax alberti — Palm Oil Detectives

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A Common Thirst by Gary Boelhower — Children’s Books Heal

Gary Boelhower, Author Sarah Brokke, Illustrator Beaver Pond Press, Fiction, Oct. 27, 2020 Suitable for ages: 4-9 Themes: Goats, Sheep, Abundance, Drought, Sharing, Compassion  Opening: “Not far from here, the land was divided into towering mountains and level plains.” Publisher’s … Continue reading

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Un cuento de iniciación – “La Magia de la Amazonia Las aventuras de Namowë, un niño Yanomami” — Barbara Crane Navarro — Tiny Life

ilustración de “La Magia de la Amazonia” – Las aventuras de Namowë, un niño Yanomami “ Desde sus primeras páginas, La Magie de l’Amazonie, este libro encantador para niños describe un mundo casi inimaginable en el siglo XXI. Un mundo … Continue reading

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BIODIVERSITY — EDUINDEX NEWS — Tiny Life

The different types of organisms found in an area is known as biodiversity or you can define it in a more accurately as ” the totality of genes, species, and ecosystems of a region”. Biodiversity differ from place to place … Continue reading

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Crested Capuchin Sapajus robustus — Palm Oil Detectives

Crested Capuchin Sapajus robustus Brazil (Bahia, Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais) Endangered The crested capuchin or robust tufted capuchin (Sapajus robustus) is a species of robust capuchin monkey living in Brazil. They were formerly considered a subspecies of the black capuchin … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Grew A Forest by Sophia Gholz — Children’s Books Heal

The Boy Who Grew A Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng Sophia Gholz, Author Kayla Harren, Illustrator Sleeping Bear Press, Biography, March 2019 Suitable for ages: 5- 8 Themes: Jadav Payeng, Forests, India, Environmentalism, Foresters, Conservation Opening:  “In India, … Continue reading

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Un conte initiatique – “La Magie de l’Amazonie – Les aventures de Namowë, un garçon Yanomami”

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illustration tirée de “La Magie de l’Amazonie – Les aventures de Namowë, un garçon Yanomami” Dès ses premières pages La Magie de l’Amazonie, cet attachant livre pour enfants, décrit un monde presque inimaginable au…

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Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal — Children’s Books Heal

Zonia’s Rain Forest Juana Martinez-Neal, Author and Illustrator Candlewick, Fiction, Mar. 30, 2021 Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes: Amazon rain forest, Indigenous people, Wildlife, Nature, Environmental dangers Opening: “Zonia lives with those she loves in the rain forest, where it … Continue reading

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Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus — Palm Oil Detectives

The extremely rare Pernambuco Pygmy-owl is critically endangered on the @IUCNredlist due to massive logging and deforestation for #palmoil #beef farming in #Brazil support this animal’s survival by making art and joining the #boycott4wildlife Great Green Macaw Ara ambiguus — Palm … Continue reading

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A Classic Initiation Tale – The Amazon as Oz “Amazon Rainforest Magic The adventures of Namowë, a Yanomami boy”

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illustration from “Amazon Rainforest Magic – The adventures of Namowë, a Yanomami boy” From its opening pages, this engaging children’s book sets the scene of a world almost unimaginable in the 21st century, a…

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