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.
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