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Spirit Of The Amazon Party To Raise Funds For Amazon Rainforest Conservation And Native Communities
CACE is sponsoring the Spirit of the Amazon fundraiser on May 21 at 121 Tait Rd. near State College, PA. Event will feature South American foods, Amazon handicrafts, video chat with native artisans in Peru, and live music with Tr-HANDS-formation.
By: Campbell Plowden
South American foods to be served at the party include “juanes de pollo” (a spicy chicken and rice dish typically served in the Peruvian Amazon during the Festival of San Juan), “arroz con menestra” (a favorite dish from the coast of Ecuador that includes fish, rice and lentils), “empanadas de carne” (spicy beef in a crescent pastry shell made in Peru and Argentina), "carne seca" and "mandioca" (a classical Brazilian dish), fried plantains, and mango salad.
The event will feature a live video conversation with two Bora native artisans in Peru. These women are Felicita Butuna Chichaco and Ines Chichaco who are both from the village of Brillo Nuevo in the Ampiyacu River region. They will show the natural plant dyes they use to color the fibers of chambira palm trees and demonstrate how they weave them into products such as the Amazon guitar strap. The conversation will be moderated by Yully Rojas, manager of the CACE project that works with this and other communities to develop and sell innovative handicrafts. See http://amazonecology.wordpress.com/
Spirit of the Amazon will also have a display and sale of handicrafts made by its four partner communities in Peru and Brazil. These crafts include a variety of woven baskets, shopping bags, hot-pads, and snake-design belts and guitar straps. (Visit http://amazonecology.org/
The improvisation group Tr-HANDS-formation will play at Spirit of the Amazon around a bonfire at 9 pm. This group which features a wide variety of percussion instruments will include its Rainforest song in its offerings for the gathering. Visit http://www.youtube.com/
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CACE conducts research, community support, and education programs focused on studying non-timber forest products (like resins, fruits and fibers) and assisting traditional forest communities to sell value-added products to support local development and conservation. We now assist several native communities in Peru to sustainably harvest aromatic copal resin and distill it into a marketable fragrant oil and also help them create and sell innovative handicrafts like guitar straps.