Helping artisans isn't just about improving their weaving skills - it's also...
November 19, 2016
Helping artisans isn't just about improving their weaving skills - it's also important to help them build trust between them and us. Please help the Center for Amazon Community Ecology support native artisans in Peru on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29 at www.AmazonAlive.net. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide a 50% match to donations made to us through GlobalGiving on that day. The photo below was taken during the first day of the Artisan Leadership Program that we organized with our partner NGO Minga Peru in late October.
"While concepts like punctuality, mutual respect, no put downs of self or others, and listening when someone else is speaking may seem like obvious guidelines to form a positive community, a commitment to actually practice and hold each other accountable to observe these agreements is profound in a culture where showing up late, malicious gossip, and interrupting a speaker are painfully common."
"Artisan facilitators should of course share what they know, but beginning and experienced artisans all benefit by remaining humble, enthusiastic about learning, and committed to encourage and affirm their fellow artisans. So many artisans said that the thing they most wanted to bring back to their communities was this spirit of working in a mutually supportive environment."
"Both men and women wore garb made with bleached llanchama tree bark painted with graphic figures from Bora clans. Several wore headdresses made with the feathers from macaws and parrots. They discussed the importance of nature and craft-making in their culture and then launched into a lively dance where the men chanted and pounded sticks into the ground to the rhythm of moving around in a circle. Visitors joined the undulating lines to share the vibrant energy."