Xapiri, a new year and a new blog.. We would like to wish everyone a 2016 full of love, kindness and respect for our Mother Earth!
– Chief Seattle.
For those of you who do not know Xapiri, we support Amazonian indigenous culture by unifying ethical art, emotive photography and unbiased news. Our vision is to increase awareness and inspire positive change for the region and its people.
The blog will bring updates on Xapiri’s work, as well as share tribal information, delve deeper into the indigenous art, give reading recommendations and discuss other trending topics. As the blog develops we will ask guest contributors to write about specific themes.
Firstly, lets take an opportunity to take a quick look back at 2015, the first year of the Xapiri project. We have been blown away from the support we have received from all corners of the world and will continue to support indigenous culture from both the U.K and the Amazon in 2016. We have been spreading messages in person all year and highlights include the first Xapiri open evening hosted in our Birmingham based gallery in May, the ALAF (Anglo Latin American Foundation) fair we took part in during October and the recent Brazilarty pop up exhibition in London at Christmas. There is of course no better way to expose the project with personal connections at these events but we also understand the importance of social media to connect with people and give Xapiri a wider platform to inform and share Amazonian culture. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been key to many of the relationships we have made, making new friends with National Geographic, leading anthropologists, indigenous support organisations, activists, journalists and many other people with whom together we can make that difference.
2016 is looking to be even more exciting with many events planned and also a return to to the Amazon where we will develop the project and relationships with the indigenous communities; from social projects to the development of the artisan trade structure. We will keep you updated via the blog with the upcoming plans and developments. Another aspect of the Xapiri blog will be to recommend books on Amazonian culture..
A reading suggestion:
We wanted to start with this book, as it was the Yanomami indigenous people and words of Davi Kopenawa (Yanomami shaman and leader) which inspired the name ‘Xapiri’. Xapiri is the sacred word the Yanomami people of Brazil & Venezuela use for “spirit”, the shamans contact the Xapiri for guidance and to listen to the ancient wisdom of their ancestors. Davi explores the mystical realms of these spirits in this fantastic book and this excerpt gives an explanation of the Xapiri:
And their story has no end.”
The book illustrates the complex cosmology, mythology and ancient beliefs of the Yanomami people through the words of Davi Kopenawa and conversation with anthropologist, Bruce Albert. The book is split into 3 segments;
3) ‘The Falling Sky’ – a look at western society through Davi’s own travels and what the destruction of the forest means for us all.
In conclusion, an extremely insightful introduction to Yanomami culture and belief, bringing many questions to the readers mind, both scientifically and mystically, on what impact the destruction of the forest has on the world society as a whole.
We hope you have enjoyed the first blog and look forward to going deeper into more specific topics next time! In the meantime, please keep unto date with indigenous news via our social media platforms: