Chapada dos Veadeiros - Brazil
the Cerrado is one of the world’s oldest, most diverse tropical ecosystems. located in the central high plains of Brazil, it stretches across nearly 500 million acres, about 23% of the country’s surface area. the world’s most biologically rich savanna is home to over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the Cerrado. it feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers.
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, a large area of protected Cerrado, is an ancient plateau with an estimated age of 1.8 billion years. made up of deep rocky canyons and valleys, wide plateaus with waterfalls and crystal clear springs, it sits upon one of the world’s oldest quartz crystal formation.
i am so blessed to call this place home!
I Feira Mebengokré Kayapó de Sementes Tradicionais
some of my favorite photos from last year’s trip to the Mebengokré Kayapó indigenous people’s first traditional Seed Fair at Moxkarakô village in Xingu National Indigenous Park, in the Brazilian Amazon:
1, 2 - playing with the Kayapó girls, or Mebengokré, as they call themselves / 3 - feeling the strength of tradition on my bare skin - the Indian women love to dress me up and i can never resist the ethnic beauty game ;) / 4, 5 - Ixã Ruinete, Shipi, Shane Vanderlon, Maria Laísa and little Txai Yube, my Huni Kuin Kaxinawá friends whom I had the honor of escorting to the seed fair / 6 - our straw thatched roof lodging in Moikarakô village - I love sleeping in hammocks! / 7 - Huni Kuin Kaxinawá native seeds we took to exchange in the fair, and books on their traditional knowledge of seeds, plants and nature, edited by Comissão Pró-Índio do Acre / 8 - Kayapó women and girls baking fish and potatoes underground! traditional technique where they wrap the food in banana leaves and bury it with smoldering stones to cook inside the earth / 9 - young Kayapó girl proudly representing the exotic beauty of her people /10 - Kayapó kids playing in the sand
Awara Nane Putane is a beautiful animated short film about the myth of origin of the traditional use of ayahuasca as told by the Yawanawa people
while the sun shines in the blue skies we dance, recalling the ways of the elders, sharing stories of the times we knew not of a world beyond the boundaries of our floresta, the Amazon. the jungle had no borders, it was infinite.
but the Yawanawá’s is also a story of resistance, empowerment, of a cultural renaissance that shines bright in the proud young eyes of Indian warriors whose song will not be silenced…
every year for five days, the Yawanawá people open their home to foreign visitors during the Yawa Festival - a unique opportunity to experience a little of their way of life and cultural traditions. the Festival takes place in the Brazilian Amazon, in the state of Acre. these photos are from my trip to the 2011 Yawa Festival - one of the most beautiful celebrations I’ve ever witnessed. you can find more information on the blog run by the Yawanawa people (only in portuguese): www.xiifestivalyawa.blogspot.com.br.
the Nebula series (first six images), a new collection of limited edition prints by Andy Gilmore released yesterday + a few of my favorites from his older works
"A master of color and geometric composition, Andy Gilmore’s work is often characterized as kaleidoscopic and hypnotic, though it could just as well be described as visually acoustic, his often complex arrangements referencing the scales and melodies in music.”
via the ghostly store
cacao babies at the Natura cacao farm in Ilheus, Bahia
we’ve been studying the amazing theobroma cacao the past few months, perfecting our recipe for the best raw chocolate alchemy ever. it’s been an amazing, delicious journey from bean to bar!
the latin name for the cacao plant, theobroma cacao, is derived from the Greek words θεος (theos), meaning “god,” and βρῶμα (broma), meaning “food”. it translates to “food of the gods”. enough said!