This holiday season,Tait Farm Christmas Trees in Boalsburg, PA will offer a full selection of unique ornaments hand-made by Peruvian partner artisans. Bora and Murui native artisans have etched jaguars, toucans, anacondas and other wildlife designs on calabash pod ornaments. Campesino artisans from Jenaro Herrera have woven vibrant chambira palm fiber butterflies, dragonflies, bees, miniature plates, and stars. Ornaments will be available in the Tait Tree House from November 23 through December 24.
Rosewood Reforestation on Track
CACE and its ally NGO Camino Verde planted 900 rosewood (Aniba roseaodora) seedlings in the Bora native village of Brillo Nuevo in February to create a future sustainable source of rosewood oil. This summer we carried out a full check-up on the young trees. Some were stressed after being transplanted, but the vast majority were still alive. Young Bora men measured the height, width, and number of leaves on 20 plants in each of the five family fields so we can track their growth and health. Another team took pictures of the monitoring and cool insects in our first digital photography workshop. See full story and photos.
Chambira palm survey and cooperative reforestation
Our Ampiyacu project manager Yully Rojas has continued leading inventories of secondary forests (“purma”) in Brillo Nuevo where artisans collect most of the chambira palm they use to make woven handicrafts. This summer we encouraged a group of women to help one of their fellow artisans plant dozens of chambira seedlings in her “purma” so she would have a greater supply of the raw material to make her crafts. This activity was accompanied by the first digital photo workshop for women in the village. We got nice shots of women with their babies in the forest and a beautiful tarantula. See full story and photos.
New Amazon hair barrettes and hat bands with Ampiyacu artisans
Bora artisans create dye plant garden as hedge against flooding
“Artisans of the Ampiyacu” video debuts on YouTube
Certificates and clothing for Bora artisans
Near the end of our time in Brillo Nuevo, CACE gave certificates to each of our partner artisans with a level corresponding to the total value and number of their crafts we had sold in the past year. Top sellers also received a package of gifts of household items. The women had fun at this ceremony that they said gave them an extra incentive to make quality crafts. We also served refreshments and our Ampiyacu project manager Yully Rojas gave each woman a share of donated clothing brought to Peru with the help of funds raised by Baltimore Yearly Meeting Young Friends (Quaker high school group). Also on hand for the celebration were this summer's Amazon Field Volunteers, Amrit Moore and Luke Plowden - both of whom also happen to be active in the Quaker community. See full story and photos.
Volunteers making a difference
Students from Penn State University are helping the Center with their skills and time with photography, video, graphic design, marketing, writing and research. See Profiles of Current and Past Interns and Key Volunteers.
See full Project Description on GlobalGiving and Progress Report #3.
CACE on FacebookWe post updates and photos on our Facebook pages. Please "Like" our CACE non-profit organization page or join our CACE group page.
Amazon Crafts on eBayYou can now purchase selected crafts made by our partner artisans at CACE eBay. This page also contains items listed by other eBay sellers who have agreed to donate at least 10% of the purchase price to CACE through the eBay Giving Works program.
CACE on PinterestCACE is now posting some of our favorite photos on Pinterest. Please share ones you like as well. Visit Center for Amazon Community Ecology's profile on Pinterest.
CACE Field Sites in Peru
Reports from the Field
Videos about Copal Project and Amazon Handicrafts
Learn more about the copal project in the videos:Amazon Ecology (Part 1): Use and insect ecology of copal resin in the Peruvian Amazon and Amazon Ecology (Part 2): Sustainable harvest and marketing of copal resin in the Peruvian Amazon.Our newest video Artisans of the Ampiyacutells the story in intimate images and music of the native artisans that CACE works with in the Ampiyacu River basin of the Peruvian Amazon to develop and market innovative handicrafts. Please share the video link with others.
Peruvian Amazon Handicrafts: People, Plants and Community Support features craft makers from two of the Center's partner communities: the town of Jenaro Herrera on the Ucayali River and the Bora native community of Brillo Nuevo in the Ampiyacu River region. It shows ways that people use diverse plants to make their handicrafts and how the Center is supporting local schools by returning part of the proceeds of these crafts sold in the U.S. The piece was shot and produced by cinemaphotographer Greg Harriott when he was an Amazon Field Volunteer with the Center in 2008. Also see Greg's Introduction to Jenaro Herrera and Handicrafts of the Peruvian Amazon by video intern Matt Hunter.
CACE seminar on the web
Also see the CACE cover story of the summer 2011 ICIK E-News for an article by Plowden with the same title.