In my office are some very special gifts given to me by Laura Anderson Barbata, a world renown artist whose studio is located in Brooklyn, New York. I met her while we were attending an event to celebrate our induction into the Explorers Club of New York. We are both dear friends of Shero Hakihiiwe, a Yanomami artist who lives in the Upper Orinoco of Venezuela. She and Shero were part of a paper making project:
“Yanomami Owë Mamotima is a papermaking project in the Amazon of Venezuela led by Laura Anderson Barbata. The project began in 1992 training the Yanomami Community of Platanal in the Venezuelan Amazon teaching the fabrication of handmade paper from rain forest fibers and recycled materials. The community is then encouraged to document their oral histories and traditions in their native language, thereby fostering self-expression through the integration of these documents into the bookmaking process for use in community schools. The paper is handmade by the Yanomami, printed with hand carved linoleum block and bound using a natural wood spine (traditionally used for bows and arrows), painted with onoto and sewn with kurathasi fiber string. These activities are carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Inparques, and the Vicariato Apostólico de Venezuela.” – Laura Anderson Barbata
I was so honored and delighted to meet her. This project, empowered Yanomami communities to use art as a means of expression and innovation. Yes, the Yanomami people are masters of the rain forest. But they are also artists and innovators and this project shows how two worlds can come together to create something beautiful.
Check out her website here: http://www.lauraandersonbarbata.com/
Dear Good Project supporters, We are asking for your help in hosting a special Yanomami woman in the United States. She lives deep in the Amazon rain forest and understands her environment in ways outsiders and scientists could never know. Her wealth of knowledge needs to be documented, shared and passed down to future generations so […]
As I was preparing for my next expedition to my Yanomami village this morning (I think it’s funny that I call visiting my mom an expedition ?), I found this blast from the past! In my book, I recalled a memory of when I was in elementary school. I had walked into social studies class […]
Kicking off the first round of answering questions and addressing comments. This has been a lot fun thus far! Keep the questions coming! They lead to such great discussions. Cheers! www.jointhegoodproject.com/donate
During our fundraising campaign and the months leading up to my departure to my Yanomami village, I would like to have a continued discussion with you by addressing any comments or questions have regarding the Yanomami, my family history, and my future goals. Check in every week as I will post video blogs.
[foogallery id=”1158″] Dear friends, family and followers, I and The Good Project are preparing for a return expedition to the Yanomami and my village of Irokai-teri. We need to raise $7,000 this summer in order to cover the vast array of expenses involved in traveling to the deepest parts of Venezuela’s Amazon rain forest. I will […]
After a short 20-minute walk down a muddy trail, mom and I entered our plantain garden. The naked children scurried about meandering through the 12 foot trees fruiting hands of green plantains. They giggled and spat incessant chatter, periodically coming up to me to present a lizard they caught, or share a piece of fruit […]
[foogallery id=”1062″] March 19th, 2016 When Andrew, Seco and I finally made it past the Guaharibo rapids we quickly took notice of how the surrounding jungle was burning. There was smoke slowly spewing out from the under story on both sides of the river. What I had remembered as a continuous lush, verdant wall of foliage […]