Procreate 'Spirit of the Rainforest'
With the Yawanawá Tribe
of the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest and the tribes who live there are vital to us all
“The rainforest is a vital part of our lives and our future. We don’t all realise this yet but the tribal people of the Amazon know it. By engaging children with the rainforest through art I hope it will build a lifelong concern and connection to the environment.”
“The destruction of our rainforest land is terrible, because the forest is alive. It is our life, and the animals’ life. We don’t separate our existence from it, we are all one body and one being: the plants, water, trees and Yawanawá. When we see harm come to the rainforest, it is as if a part of our own body has been hurt. It feels like an illness that rises up in us and needs to be cured.”
“To be Yawanawá is to be free, to be born free, to live free and to die free.”
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“We loved following the journey, reading the blogs and watching the videos. My son Tomas was so pleased to have his question answered and felt a connection to the Yawanawá people and the rainforest, in a way that couldn’t be replicated by any other means. We have learnt so much and are really inspired! It has helped my son to be able to see why we should not buy certain products, palm oil etc. You have brought the Amazon, its wildlife and its people to life for us. Thank you.”
“Your art and projects are a great inspiration for young people to look after our environment through art.”
“Our lovely year 8’s have been very busy researching, designing and painting for the online World Gallery exhibition. I’ve attached some of their pieces of work in progress and the final paintings. This has been a fantastic opportunity for our year 8 learners to take part in a global exhibition. Showcasing how powerful creativity can be in highlighting the dangers our planet faces every day by our own actions. Creativity, global community, pride, compassion and education, this project has it all!”
“It’s incredible how creativity can send a powerful, important message.”
“I love that this project gives our generation the opportunity to educate ourselves about the world and how we can stop global warming and raise awareness.”
“You’ve made me realise the importance of changing young minds to know how to save the rainforest.”
“This project is a great way to spread awareness of the impacts of global warming, while showing the beauty of the rainforest through Art.”
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Our downloadable resources are primarily designed for Key Stage 2 but are easily adaptable for all Key Stages with links to Art and Design, Geography, Science, English, SMSC and Citizenship curricula. They are also great for parents to use with their children.
Full teaching notes for teachers available in a pdf file.
Full lesson plans in PowerPoint format.
We also have additional videos to inspire and ideas on our educators’ page.
The Paintings created by artist John Dyer and Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá
Be inspired by the paintings from the Yawanawá children
Day 2 - Rio Gregório
Day 3 - The Yawanawá Tribes' Mutum Village
Day 4 - Painting in the rainforest
Day 5 - Painting and digital art in the rainforest
Day 6 - Painting in the Yawanawá's tree house
Day 7 - Painting in Mutum Village
Day 8 - Painting the Rio Gregório
Day 9 - Mutum school, annatto seed painting and rainforest flute
'Spirit of the Rainforest' feature length video diary
We have officially touched down and started our Amazon adventure! Having spent nearly 48hrs in and out of airports and on planes we are pretty exhausted and we were very relieved to arrive at The Swamy Hotel in Cruzeiro Do Sul, courtesy of our taxi driver who avoided most of the pot holes! To be […]
This map was automatically generated via our Iridium satellite unit to locate us on the world map. This is the exact location of Mutum the Yawanawá tribal village we visited. Lat-8deg22’51” Lon-71deg44’24” Alt+760ft GPS Sats seen: 06 2019-06-06 00:42UTC http://map.iridium.com/m?lat=-8.381003&lon=-71.740088 Sent via Iridium GO!
Day 2 Our blog today is about the final leg of our journey until our arrival at Mutum village, home of the Yawanawá people. Today we were met at our hotel by a police man called Alvino – our driver for the morning – and Nixiwaka Yawanawá – our contact and friend from Mutum. Then […]
Hi everyone! We survived our first night in the Rainforest and have now been properly introduced to the Yawanawá people and the village. As we arrived at night time we weren’t able to film our arrival as we were mainly concentrating on getting our luggage up a sandy bank and finding the way to our […]
Here are some answers to some of the questions we have been emailed: Why did you decide to go to Brazil and paint? Because The Amazon Rainforest is very important to all our futures and I wanted to make all the children aware of the Amazon. I have a friend, Nixiwaka Yawanawá who is an […]
Today has been a very long day and we are finally underway with the painting. What you guys don’t get to see, is how long we have to wait whilst the Yawanawá people discuss amongst themselves any arrangements. A good is example is this morning, where we woke up nice and early at 6am ready […]
Before we arrived with the Yawanawá, we had to pay them a sum of money. This was to cover the cost of our transport to/from the tribe, living with them, and food costs. Last night we were told that supper would be at the chiefs house where all the food our money had paid for […]
We have arrived at painting location number 2! It took far less time to get here today than it did yesterday as the organising was previously completed. By 9am painting was underway. Today our painting location is very special and is a very sacred place to the tribe. It is here that the Yawanawá people […]
Challenge for everyone: Can you find out the name of the bird in the blog photo? Sadly we are not sure, so it’s up to you to find out for us! Last night was very exciting for us as our travelling companions and friends Robin Hanbury-Tenison (20c worlds greatest explorer) and his son Merlin arrived […]
Hi everyone, Despite our best efforts technology has failed us and we will be unable to release any more videos whilst we are here. Blogs will continue to be posted so you can follow us this way in the mean time. We are still filming the videos for you all, and as soon as we […]
Wow! We can’t believe that we’ve been in Brazil for a week now! Just another quick reminder that our videos to Facebook and YouTube won’t be running until we return to WiFi and 4G towards the end of the week when we begin our travel home. This is due to a issue we have with […]
It’s our penultimate day in Mutum with the Yawanawá and it’s boiling! As our week draws to a close we are really starting to feel the tiredness settle in, especially in these boiling temperatures, and we are looking forward to travelling home to recount all of our amazing stories. The hot sunny weather has been […]
Today has been our last day in Mutum village and we’ve had such an amazing time. Due to the humid climate, John’s paintings have been taking a couple of days to dry, and as we are planning to leave first thing tomorrow morning, we decided that the sensible thing would be for him not to […]
We have just returned from our amazing ‘Spirit of the Rainforest 2’ chapter of ‘Last Chance to Paint’ where we painted and played music with the Yawanawá tribe in the Amazon rainforest. We have had so many experiences and have lots to share with you all. One of the highlights of our time in the […]
Art is a universal language that can be understood, appreciated and used to bridge and communicate across peoples, cultures, countries and languages. As an artist, I am fascinated by the visual language we all learn and what commonalities and differences exist across peoples. I am also very aware of how music transcends language barriers and […]
The project has already had a huge influence at Wells – we’re planting hedges where there were once fences, we’ve planted a meadow behind the science room. There’s now an eco-garden outside my classroom, made from eco-bricks and sustainable materials, with bee-friendly areas and hedgehog homes incorporated. In art lessons, pupils have created tribal masks, […]
We are thrilled to let you all know that Nixiwaka Yawanawá and his wife Matsa, from the Yawanawá tribe in the Amazon rainforest, have just contacted us to let us know of the birth of their new baby boy who is called Sol Yahu Nixiwaka Yawanawá. They are all doing well. Nixiwaka and Matsa travelled downriver […]
Music Inspired by 'Spirit of the Rainforest' Rainforest World Premier
Yuxi Yuve The Yawanawá Water Spirit
Composed by Jake Thorpe and performed on flute by Martha-Lilly Dyer
John Dyer & Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá
'Spirit of the Rainforest' paintings by John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá from their residency at the Eden Project
An introduction by Nixiwaka Yawanawá
BBC news footage from the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' project at the Eden Project.
Meet Nixiwaka Yawanawá
“I went round the exhibition with our Chinese delegation yesterday and they were dumbstruck by the sheer effervescence of the display. Simply marvellous.”