Catalog of bird crafts made by artisans from the communities of the Marañon basin in Peru. You can see more in our online store: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/
At the same time, if you are interested in buying any of these crafts do not hesitate to leave us a message.
GREEN ANACONDA AMAZON GUITAR STRAP - HAND-MADE AND FAIR TRADE This unique fair-trade Amazon Guitar Strap was hand-made by Bora native artisan Monica Chichaco from the village of Brillo Nuevo from comfortable, sturdy and flexible chambira palm fiber. It has a high-quality brass-plated buckle so its length can be adjusted to fit the guitarist with any folk or electric guitar.
Available in black, dark brown and green from the Amazon Forest Store at: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/products/fair-trade-hand-made-guitar-strap-anaconda-gs01?variant=8139898159204
This is a great strap for musicians to show their appreciation and support for native culture and the environment. The Anaconda model is based on a traditional Bora pattern of this large snake that lives in the rivers and forest of the Amazon. Each strap comes with a tag listing the artisan's name and community and the plants they used to make it. Sales help create a sustainable livelihood for artisan families and support health, education and conservation in their communities.
MUSICIAN JHON FLEMING PLAYING WITH AMAZON GUITAR STRAP AT GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Guitarist Jhon Fleming played some riffs from Bob Dylan's classic song "Don't think twice" with his guitar and our green anaconda model Amazon Guitar Strap in the CACE booth at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in 2017.
You can buy this strap at: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-and-mandolin-straps/products/fair-trade-hand-made-guitar-strap-anaconda-gs01?variant=8139898159204
THE AMAZON GUITAR STRAP - HAND-MADE AND FAIR TRADE - ANACONDA MODEL FROM THE PERUVIAN AMAZON This unique fair-trade Amazon Guitar Strap was hand-made by a Bora native artisan from the village of Brillo Nuevo from sturdy and flexible chambira palm fiber. It has a high-quality brass-plated buckle so its length can be adjusted to fit the guitarist with any folk or electric guitar. Available in black, dark brown and green from the Amazon Forest Store at: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-and-mandolin-straps/products/fair-trade-hand-made-guitar-strap-anaconda-gs01.
This is a perfect strap for musicians who want to show their appreciation and support for native culture and the environment. The Anaconda model is based on a traditional Bora pattern of this large snake that lives in the rivers and forest of the Amazon. Each strap comes with a tag listing the artisan's name and community and the plants they used to make it. Sales help create a sustainable livelihood for artisan families and support health, education and conservation in their communities.
ALVARO PHOTOS OF BORA GIRLS FROM BRILLO NUEVO WITH CUTE PETS Thanks to Alvaro De Ramon Murillo for taking these great pictures during our recent trip and sharing them with CACE.
CAMPBELL DISCUSSES CACE WORK IN PERU ON THE RADIO CACE Executive Director Campbell Plowden had a chance to talk about our group's work on 4/28 on the program Local Live on WBLF in State College, PA with host Michelle McConnell. You can hear the whole interview at: https://soundcloud.com/user-560666542/center-for-amazon-community-ecology.
We appreciate that Michelle researched CACE really well ahead of time. She asked great questions about the ways we help artisans make and sell fair-trade crafts to benefit their families and communities and support forest conservation.
If you'd like to promote the work of your non-profit or interesting business in the State College area, We highly recommend that you contact Michelle to discuss being a guest on this show. You can check it live at 106.3 FM and 970 AM. Listen to recordings of other interviews on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/970BLF/.
ALVARO AND NATUSHA - AMAZON FIELD VOLUNTEERS I had been in Peru for just over a week when I got a message via Facebook Messenger from Alvaro De Ramon Murillo saying that he and his partner Natusha Croes were on an extended trip through South America. He asked if I could tell them a way they could visit a native community off the normal tourist track. I wasn't sure what to think at first, but after many conversations via Messenger, Email and eventually in person, I invited them to join us for a 5 day trip to the Ampiyacu knowing that they would be able to take high quality photos and videos of our mission with Camino Verde to plant rosewood trees in the Bora native villages of Brillo Nuevo and Ancon Colonia.
It was their first trip visiting a village in the rainforest, but in spite of bugs, rain, technical challenges, and Alvaro's ninja photographer look, they collected some awesome sights and sounds of our work and made fast friends with many kids in the village. I will share some of Alvaro's great portraits of children with animals when I figure out how to open .ARW images on my PC.
They are now back in Spain preparing for school, exhibits and performances.
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT TOUCHING MY FISH Campbell Plowden saw this cat outside a floating gas station by the dock in the town of Pebas - the place where the Ampiyacu River enters the main Amazon River in Peru.
TAMBOPATA: WHERE FOREST CONSERVATION AND OPPORTUNITY MEET Check out this great story about our close partner Camino Verde featuring its founder (and CACE board member) Robin Van Loon. https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/tambopata-where-forest-conservation-and-opportunity-meet/?utm_source=Mongabay+Email+Alerts&utm_campaign=721512751d-mailchimp_peru_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ea8b5f35-721512751d-77138285
Check out this video about fair trade made at this year's conference of the Fair Trade Federation. Campbell's voice is the initial piece of narration ("To be a member of..."). You can also see one of our signs about Amazon handicrafts.
This is "Fair Trade Federation" by The Invisible Lens on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
We present a quick tour of the Community of Botas de Brillo Nuevo, from the Ampiyacu basin. Community where we work with artisans and their wonderful art.
Hopefully you enjoy it.
DAILY LIFE IN CHINO It's generally really nice to wander around Chino and similar villages in the Amazon in late afternoon-early evening. People have finished working in the fields or wherever and like to hang out watching or playing volleyball while kids play, and the sunsets are usually gorgeous. As it starts to get dark, though, the mosquitoes start to get very active. While local folks just slap their bare legs and keep doing whatever they are doing, I usually seek refuge at that point for my dinner so I'm not providing a meal for as many mosquitoes.
I'm probably going to need to sign off for a week now since I'm leaving with our team for a couple of workshops and meetings in the Ampiyacu. Best wishes to all friends.
HILBERTO - SUNGARO FISHERMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE FROM CHINO We held an artisan workshop last week in the village of El Chino on the Tahuayo River. Just as I was waking up in the morning, someone came to the house where we were staying and called out that Hilberto had caught a big sungaro - did we want to see it? As usual, I grabbed my camera and went down to the river. I love both the striped patterns on this "don cella" catfish as well as its taste.
I have pretty much given up trying to fish during this time of the year because most fish are hard to catch in the flooded forest. I asked Hilberto how he got this big one. I suppose I should have expected his taciturn response - "with bait."
My host Walter told me that Hilberto and his brother Gardel have become specialists in catching this type of catfish by going out at night when these predatory fish are most active. They understand its habits, haunts, and feeding preferences very well so they can try a variety of both cut and live bait to catch their preferred quarry. Walter is a good fisherman himself (he has been my guide several times), he readily admitted that he had no where near the knowledge or skill to do what these fellows did.
Yully bought the whole fish for us which allowed us to provide fish soup for our entire group for one dinner and fried fish for breakfast the next day.
GETTING STUFF DONE IN IQUITOS
While it can be very hard to get certain kinds of things done in Peru in an efficient way (like standing in line for hours to pay a bill at a bank), it’s a fun adventure to get other stuff done in a fun, timely and affordable way. I went out on Sunday to get some basic supplies for our house and got most of them at a modern store called Quispe, but right around the corner I found a fellow named Elmo who is the owner of one of the typical mobile micro-stalls (about 3 x 2 x 5 feet) that is his shop for his business to make copies of keys and help people with other kinds of locks. He first used one of those simple machine to make a rough cut of the key copy from the original. He then used a narrow grinder to fine-tune the copy.
I was really impressed that he used a hand caliper to measure the depth of each notch in the original key and the copy he was making. He eyeballed any minute differences because the calipers had no graduated lines on them. Elmo had been doing this work for 30 years so I felt pretty confident that his keys that cost me $1.25 each to make would work. He gave me his phone number to reach him just in case. His copies got me in my house just fine, but I’d like to see him again just to learn more about his life.
While the lease that we signed to rent our new house for CACE in Iquitos said everything was in good working order, we’ve discovered a few things that needed fixing to make the place more comfortable, safe and functional for our needs. As soon Tulio moved into the house, he met our neighbor Jorge who quickly became our go-to motorcar driver. When we mentioned to Jorge yesterday that we had a few plumbing issues that needed tending to, he said he had a friend who could handle them.
Julio showed up ten minutes later. They quickly determined that the threads in the faucet in the kitchen sink were stripped, the sink in my bathroom was leaking because the pipe under it was totally rusted through, and the sink in Tulio’s bathroom was clogged and just needed cleaning. After several trips to the hardware store to get various new pipes, glue, and tape, Julio donned my headlamp and used his and Jorge’s collection of old saws and wrenches to replace or clean all of the degraded items.
Julio returned this morning and spent the better part of the day doing four more tasks: 1) installing new pipes connecting our elevated water tank in the back patio to faucets in the work sinks so we could distill our rosewood material with an abundant supply of cooling water, 2) installed a new section of mosquito netting in my bedroom, 3) installed a new section of mosquito netting in the space above my bathroom, and 4) fixed up a wire in the back patio that was loosely connected by duct tape that was hanging out of a busted piece of PVC pipe.
We paid a total of about $25 in materials and $50 in labor for all seven jobs and everyone felt good about the tasks that were done. Julio looked around the house as he was leaving and said “please call me if you need anything done. I can fix your roof, put up a wall…….” Tulio told me tonight that Julio is someone who is referred to here as a “mil oficios” – someone who can do a thousand things. I know we have handymen in the US, too, but I’m awfully glad that I met Julio here.
STINGLESS BEES AT CHINO One of the houses I also visit first at Chino belongs to the veteran artisan Romelia and her husband Jorge. Jorge is one of the folks in the village who has maintained several wooden box nests with stingless bees as part of a honey producing project developed under the guidance of German Perilla from George Mason University in Virginia. While these bees don't produce as much honey as their stinging honeybee counterparts, their honey is highly valued for its strong flavor and medicinal properties.
During my last visit, Jorge's nest boxes were in his back yard. This time, he had placed both at opposite ends of his kitchen to keep a closer eye on them. I took several shots of bees coming and going out of the entrance tube as well as the guard which is always on duty to prevent the entrance of unwelcome visitors (other bees, flying ants, etc.) who might wish to invade to prey on their young.
Check out the video Beekeeping in the Amazon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2kYBJN4tI) focused on a stingless bee project developed with Maijuna native communities by OnePlanet.Org and its director (and CACE board member) Michael Gilmore.
FINDING BEAUTY ALL AROUND YOU - 360 video Please check out the latest CACE video FINDING BEAUTY ALL AROUND YOU – 360 VIDEO (at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/amazon-native-artisans-and-rainforest-conservation/ that CACE made for our submission to the 2018 GlobalGiving Video Contest. It has scenes of traveling on the river, Bora artisans collecting chambira palm leaves in the forest, women gathered at a skill-sharing workshop to make new handicrafts. This is our first video shot with a 360 degree video camera so you can literally look all around the scene by clicking on the up/down/left/right arrows on the screen or moving the viewpoint of the scene with your mouse. The video was shot and edited by Tulio Davila and narrated by Campbell Plowden. You can also see the video on our Amazon Ecology channel on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4sqNCJ8Wz8. I hope you enjoy looking around the Amazon from the artisan's point of view.
This project will help build sustainable livelihoods and conserve rain forests in ten native and campesino communities in the Peruvian Amazon by promoting planting, sustainable harvest and sale of value-added non-timber forest products. It will empower over 200 native artisans and woodsmen to create...
CACIQUES AT CHINO I spent a wonderful 4 days at the village of El Chino on the Tahuayo River earlier this week. I went there with our CACE team and three artisans from San Francisco on the Maranon River so they could teach Chino artisans how to weave several types of birds that they could sell to us and tourists who visit their village. One of my favorite birds to see in Chino and other parts of the Amazon is the Yellow-rumped Cacique (Cacicus cela) locally known as "pau car." Like other oropendulas (Latin for "hanging egg"), they weave nests in colonies which hang from the branches of a tree. Their calls are varied and often sound like large falling drops of water. I hung out near a tree with many nests to try to get a few good shots of the birds darting in and out of their nest entrances. More about the workshop tomorrow. See some videos with sound of the cacique at: https://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/yellow-rumped-cacique-cacicus-cela
Amazon rainforest hit by surge in small-scale deforestation, study finds https://news.mongabay.com/2018/02/amazon-rainforest-hit-by-surge-in-small-scale-deforestation-study-finds/?utm_source=Mongabay+Email+Alerts&utm_campaign=ab7ad60990-mailchimp_peru_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ea8b5f35-ab7ad60990-77138285
Amazon rainforest hit by surge in small-scale deforestation, study finds
Deadline approaching! Submit your organized session/workshop proposals to "Belém +30", XVI Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology by February 20. Individual paper/poster submissions open March 1 and close April 5. Online submissions and more information https://www.ise2018belem.com
BARRANQUERO BIRD LANDS AT THE BARRANQUERO CAFE (AND ONLINE)
Last year I walked into a new hip coffee shop in State College called the Barranquero Café and noticed photos and paintings of a long-tailed bird I recognized as the blue-crowned mot mot – an insect catching bird I’d seen in the Birds of Peru book I’d been perusing with some Amazonian artisans.
It was great to meet the Barranquero’s owner Susan Jermusyk and learn that she gave her shop the local name for this beautiful bird that frequents the Colombian highlands where her coffee comes from. Beyond inviting us to sell a variety of our crafts in the café two times last year, we agreed to commission our talented artisan partners in Peru to weave a model of this bird she could sell in her café year-round. \
On my next trip south, I gave photos of the bird to artisans from the village of San Francisco on the Marañon River, and six months later four artisans showed me their prototypes. Susan thought they were good, but the orange breast of the Amazonian type didn’t seem quite like the bird she knew. She gave me a few photos she had taken showing the yellow breast of the Colombian variety which I shared with our Peruvian artisan friends.
I was thrilled that Susan and her staff were excited to see the newest barrranqueros – especially the expression in their eyes and black spot below the neck. We are both happy that this trans-American fair-trade collaboration can benefit local people in Peru and Colombia.
Please visit the Barranquero Café at 324 E Calder Way in downtown State College to buy one of these unique ornaments and enjoy some tasty Colombian coffee and food.
You can also find a few barranquero ornaments online at: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/products/fair-trade-christmas-tree-blue-crowned-mot-mot-ornament-orbp46c. See these and other fair-trade ornaments and crafts for sale at our online Amazon Forest Store at: www.amazonforeststore.org.
Learn more about the blue-crowned mot mot (Momotus coeruliceps) and hear its call at: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/bucmot1/overview.
680000 acres of Amazon rainforest may be lost to Peru’s new roads Check out this story from Mongabay News about two proposed roads that would threaten huge areas of the Peruvian Amazon. https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/680000-acres-of-amazon-rainforest-may-be-lost-to-perus-new-roads/?utm_source=Mongabay+Email+Alerts&utm_campaign=d891496145-mailchimp_peru_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ea8b5f35-d891496145-77138285
PERU DECLARES NEW NATIONAL PARK IN NORTHERN PERUVIAN AMAZON Amazing news about the creation of a national park in Loreto near the area where CACE has been working with native communities in the Ampiyacu River region. https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/peru-declares-a-huge-new-national-park-in-the-amazon/?utm_source=Mongabay+Email+Alerts&utm_campaign=25fd65a4fe-mailchimp_peru_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e1ea8b5f35-25fd65a4fe-77138285
LORETO REGION, Peru — Starting yesterday, 868,927 hectares of forest in Peru’s Loreto Region will be protected through the creation of Yaguas National Park, comprising a mega-diverse ecosystem that, until…