On the Colombian border to Venezuela is Sarrapia, a Piaroa community. The river has a color like copper at this time of year, as do the people. The Piaroa are a very organized community, with a plan of life in coexistence with the environment. They are very cheerful people with hartwarming smiles. They live on fishing and mañoco, a root that is commonly known as Yuca Brava. It has to receives a special treatment to extract the poison before it can be consumed by humans.
The participants in our workshops have an amazing enthusiasm and creativity, the scenarios, the characters and the techniques of animation where carried out with great care. All the stories are told in Piaroa and they tell about the mythology of this town. It has been a week in another time, without internet connection, with limited electric power, listening to the sounds of the jungle, the melody of language, the freshness of the river and the taste of fruits and new foods for us. We slept early and woke up almost with the first rays of the sun, but always later than the locals. The mosquitos have tried to eat us innumerable times, we tried everything to fight them off. From repellent, long clothes to mosquito nets but our bodies are scared...
We have been happy, we have felt the meaning of life again. We where remindet again what is necessary to live. We are smiling aigain for the pure beauty in this world.
Text: Julia Silva