Wide closeup of Amazon Sorrow painting where you can really see the 'eye' of the tribal chieftain.

Transcendent Inspiration

A few years ago, blind artist Laura Meddens finished a painting that was, as always,  inspired by the vivid visualizations she experiences in her ‘mind’s eye’, felt intuitively from her heart and soul. It was the cathartic expression of moving on from a relationship that inspired the title “Transcendence”.

A friend mentioned it looked like an incredible image of an Amazon tribal chief dressed in a colorful headdress who is covering his left eye because he can’t bear to witness the destruction of the rainforest, yet he has to remain vigilant with his other eye to protect his people, their lands and way of life.

Fast forward to August, 2019 and the news of thousands of fires burning and being set in the Amazon, and then the cowardly ambush and shooting death of a Forest Guardian in Brazil by illegal loggers on November 1st.

Poster of "Amazon Sorrow". From the top down, text: #IshareAmazonSorrow followed by a print of the painting, then text of the title "AmazonSorrow: LauraMeddens.com supporting AmazonWatch.org and APIB.org shown with their logos. Poster donated by Re-Art.com.

#IshareAmazonSorrow

Set by farmers, developers, loggers and profiteers, the fires  threaten the so-called “the lungs of the world”, and the violence threatens the survival of the indigenous peoples in the countries that share the rainforest.

Laura was then determined to use her painting for a higher purpose and renamed it “Amazon Sorrow” to raise awareness and raise funds for AmazonWatch.org which has been working for years with indigenous communities throughout the rainforest, and through them for APIB, the Portuguese acronym for Brazils’s Indigenous Peoples Articulation.

You can show your support by buying a poster or other commemorative items on this page or through Laura’s website at Pixels.com so that all net profits go through Amazon Watch to the indigenous people of the rainforest. And please share: #IshareAmazonSorrow. Thank you!

Blind artist Laura Meddens shares "Amazon Sorrow" with Delegration. AmazonSorrow.com | AmazonWatch.org | APID.info. Image: Photo of Laura Meddens presenting Sonia Guajajara of the APIB Indigenous Leaders campaign across Europe with a copy of the Amazon Sorrow poster wrapped in plastic as both stand in the rain on Amsterdam's Dam Square.

In the photo above, Laura presents a copy of the AMAZON SORROW commemorative poster to Sonia Guajajara, the head of the APIB group of indigenous leaders on a very rainy day in Dam Square as their tour of Europe stopped in Amsterdam. It was around this time that Sonia’s cousin and another member of the Guajajara people were ambushed by illegal loggers on an indigenous reservation in Brazil. Paulo Paulino Guajajara was shot in the face and died. Sonia’s cousin survived.

Laura expresses her heartfelt sympathy to the Guajajara people, and was honored to meet Sonia and the other indigenous leaders in the delegation. She hopes that her modest efforts to raise awareness and funds through the sale of the poster and other items will help to build support for action to be taken to protect the Amazon rainforest and the people of the indigenous communities in all the countries that share a part of it.

Laura has fond memories of meeting some of them, when she could still see, during trips to Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. She also thanks Sigrid Deters and her team at Greenpeace Netherlands for helping to arrange the presentation; Marcel and Wilma Salome of Re-Art.com for donating the printing of the posters for the occasion; and Egbert Otter for transportation logistics.

THIS IS WHY WE WANT YOU TO SHARE AMAZON SORROW

Honoring Amazon Tribal Chiefs and Leaders

As part of our #IshareAmazonSorrow campaign, we will be paying tribute to the tribal chiefs and leaders in the indigenous communities throughout the Amazon rainforest for their efforts to protect “the lungs of the Earth” and their people’s way of life in the face of endangering enchroachement and development by farmers, loggers and developers.

One of those community leaders is Zezinho Yube Huni Kuin (José de Lima Kaxinawa) from the Huni Kuin people of Acre, Brazil. His biography from HeartAndMindFestival.org (where was a featured speaker Sept.21 in Toronto, Canada) reveals he is as much a cultural ambassador of the indigenous people of the Amazon as a leader working to  unite the various tribes to make large changes in the Amazon region.

Zezinho is an international award-winning filmmaker and was Secretary of AMAAIAC (Association Movement of Indigenous Agroforesty Agents of Acre) from 2002 to 2008, and Advisor for Indigenous Affairs with the Government of the State of Acre from 2011 to 2019.

As a result of that position, Zezinho visited nearly all the Huni Kuin communities in Acre, a feat accomplished by few people. He comes from a long lineage of tradition in which the sacred rites of the Huni Kuin people have been handed down from one generation to the next.

We are honored that Zezinho has joined our online #IshareAmazonSorrow campaign by contributing his image for the first posts that will launch the campaign and invite you to download the social media templates further below to contribute your image to stand in solidarity with Zezinho and the people of the Amazon.

Full length photo of Yube Huni Kuin, a leader in the indigenous Amazon Huni Kuin tribe. wearing an organce and yellow full-length headdress.
Amazon Sorrow. Blind Artist Laura Meddens is donating all profits from the sales of commemorative items of this work to AmazonWatch.org in support of their efforts to help the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest. Images: Posers, notebook, phone cover of Amazon Sorrow plus social media photo of Laura holding one hand over her left eye in the same way people see an Amazon tribal chief covering one eye because he can't bear to look at the destruction of the rainforest.
Amazon Sorrow poster in support of AmazonWatch.org.
A face starts to appear in the Amazon Sorrow poster.
The face of an Amazon leader grows more visible in the painting Amazon Sorrow.
The face of an Amazon tribal leader is now visible in the painting.
The face of Yube Huni Kuin wearing tribal headdress is now completely visible as part of the painting..
Blind painter Laura Meddens covers her left eye with her hand in solidarity with the Amazon tribal leader that people see in her painting Amazon Sorrow.

DOWNLOAD A FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM SELFIE TEMPLATE 

Facebook or Instagram selfie template of the headdress frame to download.
The face of another Amazon tribal leader emerges into the Amazon Sorrow poster.
download square selfie frame for Facebook or Instagram.

CLICK TO ENLARGE AND DOWNLOAD A TWITTER SELFIE TEMPLATE 

Amazon Sorrow headdress framing for Twitter. Click to enlarge and download.
Another Amazon tribal leader starts to appear in the Amazon Sorrow painting in a framing for Twitter.
Square Amazon Sorrow selfie frame for Twitter.

CLICK BELOW TO BUY A COMMEMORATIVE POSTER OR OTHER ITEMS TO SUPPORT AMAZONWATCH.ORG

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