'Spirit of the Rainforest 2' Yawanawá Tribe of the Amazon Rainforest
"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.”
Following on from John Dyer’s highly successful ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ residency with Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá at the Eden Project with Survival International we will be taking this amazing project to Nixiwaka’s tribe in the Acre state of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to make ‘Spirit of the Rainforest II’ even more powerful.
Tribal culture will be at the heart of the project. Meet the tribe and find out why tribal people are the natural custodians of the rainforest and how rich their culture, knowledge, and connection to the rainforest is.
We are currently planning ‘Spirit of the Rainforest II’ with the Yawanawá tribe and hope to be able to deliver the project during 2019.
John Dyer & Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá
Be inspired today by John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá's paintings
from the first 'Spirit of the Rainforest' project
John Dyer pictured at the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' exhibition at the Eden Project
Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanwá at work on his painting 'Yuxi Yuve' the Amazon Waterspirit.
John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá's paintings
BBC news footage from the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' project at the Eden Project.
View the exhibition that was held at the Eden Project including some of the Children's art
"I went round the exhibition with our Chinese delegation yesterday and they were dumbstruck by the sheer effervescence of the display. Simply marvellous."