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'Spirit of the Rainforest 2' With the Yawanawá Tribe
of the Amazon Rainforest

LIVE from Brazil, JUNE 5th to June 13th 2019

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  • "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."

    John Dyer
    Artist in residence for the Eden Project, UK.
  • “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.” 

    Nixiwaka Yawanawá
  • “To be Yawanawá is to be free, to be born free, to live free and to die free.”

    Yawanawá Tribe
Why?

Why?

Tribes are key to the health and future of the rainforests around the world. Their tribal ceremonies and deep connection to the rainforest has created a visual and musical culture that hasn’t been widely explored yet. A new genre of art to discover and connect to.

‘Long before the word “conservation” was coined, tribal peoples developed highly effective measures for maintaining the richness of their environment. They have sophisticated codes of conservation to stop overhunting and preserve biodiversity.’ Survival International.

Where & when?

Where & when?

Artist John Dyer and musician Martha-Lilly Dyer will travel to the Yawanawá tribe, who live in the Acre region of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, in June 2019. John Dyer’s friend Amazon Indian artist Nixiwaka Yawanawá will be involved in the project and painting alongside John. ‘Procreate – Spirit of the Rainforest’ will start on June 3rd when the team leave London. We expect to be travelling by canoe on the Rio Gregório, the river that takes us to the tribal village of Mutum, on June 5th. Between June 5th and June 13th, we plan to use satellite communications to take questions from schools, upload photos and images of John Dyer’s new Amazon paintings and digital drawings and to send a few minutes of video each day to inspire children across the world to connect to tribal culture and the environment.

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

The Born Free Foundation, with the help of the Eden Project and the Last Chance to Paint team have created downloadable lesson plans and teacher notes for learning about the Amazon rainforest and to follow the ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ adventure.

The resources are primarily designed for Key Stage 2 but are easily adaptable for all Key Stages.

Links to Art and Design, Geography, Science, English, SMSC and Citizenship curricula.

Download the 5 lessons and the teacher notes from tes.com

N.B. Some of the lessons contain links to videos and you will need to make sure that Vimeo is accessible to your computer to see these.

What is the time there?

What is the time there?

When we travel we will be very aware of time zones and when we will be able to live stream and communicate with the schools in the UK and other countries.

The current time in the area of the Amazon we are travelling to is:

What will John Dyer & Nixiwaka Yawanawá paint?

What will John Dyer & Nixiwaka Yawanawá paint?

John Dyer will be joined by Amazon Indian artist Nixiwaka Yawanawá. Together they will be exploring the deep connection between the tribe and the spirits of the rainforest.

Painting in the tribal village and the surrounding rainforest will provide a rich creative and learning experience for us all. We will experience tribal life, the rainforest plants and animals that the tribe interacts with, body painting, tribal ceremonies and music.

Outcomes

Outcomes

Through the project, we will be connecting children, using art and technology, with tribal culture, individual families in the tribe and the rainforest. They will be meeting the rainforest. We hope that this will create a personal connection and bond to the rainforest and generate amazing pieces of art and lots of questions. We want every child involved to create their own piece of amazing art on the theme of  ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ that is inspired by the Amazon paintings of John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá and the wildlife and culture we introduced them to. They can send a high-quality photo of their final paintings, collages, mixed media etc to us and we will exhibit their art online in the World Galley.

Exhibition of John Dyer paintings & prints at the Royal Geographical Society in London

The Royal Geographical Society is planning to hold an exhibition of John Dyer’s work from the ‘Procreate- Spirit of the Rainforest’ chapter of Last Chance to Paint. For further details of this exciting exhibition please visit the special exhibition page on  The John Dyer Gallery.

Musical World Premier in the Rainforest!

We are absolutely delighted that composer Jake Thorpe has written a new piece of music inspired by John Dyer’s painting of the Amazon water spirit Yuxi Yuve. This new piece of music will have its world premiere when it is performed by flautist Martha-Lilly Dyer deep in the rainforest of Brazil with the Yawanawá tribe in June 2019.
Chapter Sponsor<br>Procreate

Chapter Sponsor
Procreate

Savage Interactive, the makers of the Procreate App, have kindly sponsored our ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ chapter of ‘Last Chance to Paint’ and we are thrilled to be working with them. Procreate is the leading and best-selling art App for iPad. The iPhone version of the App, Procreate Pocket, was named by Apple as the iPhone App of the year 2018. John Dyer will be using Procreate whilst in the Amazon rainforest.

“Procreate is a multi-award winning creative app designed to free creative professionals from their desk. Create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations wherever you are.”

https://procreate.art

Supporter<br>Neville Shulman CBE

Supporter
Neville Shulman CBE

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, explorer, mountaineer, journalist, author, and art collector. He has travelled extensively throughout the world and every year undertakes expeditions and exploration to promote a number of charities. Neville Shulman is a novelist and writer on travel, exploration and Zen philosophy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society For The Encouragement Of The Arts, a Director of Shepperton Film Studios, and has many involvements in the theatre, film and entertainment industries.

John Dyer is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and through receiving the special Award from Neville Shulman CBE, the Royal Geographical Society, Neville Shulman and John Dyer plan to exhibit the artworks collected from the ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ expedition to the Amazon, as well as arranging to feature the project in the Geographical Magazine.

“The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. We advance geography and support geographers in the UK and across the world.”

https://www.rgs.org/

John Dyer Amazon Rainforest Signed Prints & Original Paintings Available

Many of John Dyer’s paintings of the Amazon and the Spirits of the Rainforest are available as beautiful signed prints.
Find out more on the exhibition page for the project on The John Dyer Gallery

An introduction by Nixiwaka Yawanawá

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 2’ 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 2’ with the Yawanawá tribe and will be live with this in June 2019.

Artist John Dyer painting with Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá at the Eden Project.

John Dyer & Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá

Artist John Dyer painting with Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanawá at the Eden Project.

Children connected from all over the world with the Amazon Rainforest through art

Over 1000 children from the UK, Hungary, Italy, China, Singapore and Hong Kong added their art, inspired by the ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ project, to our online art gallery
A major exhibition of the rainforest work was held at the Eden Project.

John Dyer pictured at the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' exhibition at the Eden Project

A major exhibition of the rainforest work was held at the Eden Project.
"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."

Nixiwaka Yawanawá

Amazon Indian Nixiwaka Yawanwá at work on his painting 'Yuxi Yuve' the Amazon Waterspirit.

“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.” Nixiwaka Yawanawá

John Dyer and Nixiwaka Yawanawá's paintings

These paintings from the artists were painted during ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ at the Eden Project. They are the first to ever be seen in this genre of art. When we travel to the Amazon in Brazil a new set of paintings will be made and the culture, traditions, and connections to the rainforest will be explored.

BBC news footage from the 'Spirit of the Rainforest' project at the Eden Project.

As short video from the BBC showing artist John Dyer and Amazon Indian artist Nixiwaka Yawanawá at work in the rainforest biome.

View the exhibition that was held at the Eden Project including some of the Children's art

A short video of the final exhibition for ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ that was held at the Eden Project. 300 pieces of art from children from around the world formed a key part of the exhibition.

Meet Nixiwaka Yawanawá

Nixiwaka Yawamawá talks about his life and the tribe

More about Nixiwaka Yawanawá

Find out more about the Yawanawá tribe and Nixiwaka’s life on the Survival International web site with information on the rainforest, their food, culture and problems they face.

View the original 'Spirit of the Rainforest' art project

Over 1000 children, 100 teachers and schools all over the world took part in John Dyer’s first ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ art project. Find out all about that project and see the children’s work. ‘Spirit of the Rainforest II’ promises to make even stronger connections between us and tribal culture.
  • "I went round the exhibition with our Chinese delegation yesterday and they were dumbstruck by the sheer effervescence of the display. Simply marvellous."

    Sir Tim Smit, KBE
    Executive Chairman of Eden Project International and Co-Founder & Executive Vice Chair of Eden Project
'Spirit of the Rainforest' was kindly supported by The Eden Project, Survival International, Falmouth Art Gallery, Kids in Museums, Winsor

Our Supporters and Partners

‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ was kindly supported by The Eden Project, Survival International, Falmouth Art Gallery, Kids in Museums, Winsor & Newton, Jackson’s Art Supplies and Zazzle.co.uk

“WE BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD”


Are you already inspired to paint, draw, collage or create on the subject of 'Spirit of the Rainforest'?


If you are already itching to get creative and to connect to the subject of ‘Spirit of the Rainforest’ through art then don’t hold back! You can send us your very best art already and we will proudly celebrate it on our online gallery for you. We do have some terms and conditions you will need to read before submitting your art and all art must be submitted by an adult. We are looking for your absolutely best work, something you will be proud to put on your wall at home and to see online in ten years time – so make it fantastic and make it from the heart. We can’t wait to see what you do.