Friday, 5 May 2017

FOSTER SIMON - INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LOKONO-ARAWAK WOOD-SCULPTING ARTIST OF PAKURI TERRITORY IN GUYANA, SOUTH AMERICA

 Lokono-Arawak Master Carver Foster Simon of Pakuri Territory - with some of his pieces above & below





Making the presentation (pic above and below) to Pamela Kraft of the Tribal Link Foundation


                                                 Thomas Rochen (3rd from left) was next 

MENTIONING INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LOKONO-ARAWAK WOOD-SCULPTING ARTIST FOSTER SIMON OF PAKURI TERRITORY IN GUYANA
On Friday 28th April 2017, at a reception held for Project Access students and alumni - at the loft of famous New York Architect Thomas Rochen , I presented a gift of a 'Magic Tree Frog'' woodcarving to Creator and head of the Tribal Link Foundation - Pamela Kraft...a lady I refer to as my ''Fairy Godmother'' - because if any of her students/alumni are EVER in trouble anywhere in the world for their human rights and environmental defenders work....you can be SURE that she is going to inform the Secretary General of the United Nations of your plight and direct help from the highest levels your way (as she did for two former student colleagues of mine a few years ago). This lady has so many contacts in ALL the right places to help others - she could be the Chairwoman of the 'Ways & Means Committee' of Congress lol
The carving was made by my brother-in-law Foster Simon (deputy Chief of Pakuri Territory in Guyana), he is one of the top 4 Lokono-Arawak woodsculpting artists alive today, and he was the FIRST Lokono-Arawak to have his art displayed at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City, USA; in 2008....thanks to the support from Pamela Kraft & Chief Roberto Mukaro Borrero when I made the request on behalf of my brother-in-law to boost his International recognition.
 The type of Tree frog the carving represents is called ADABA in Lokono-Arawak, and we traditionalists believe it is a magic frog that calls it's food to itself, so the carving represents good fortune coming to you (similar to the 'beckoning cat of the Chinese).
Mr Rochen was also presented with an Embera Tribal Nation hand-made basket made by the wife of the Chief of the community of Ipeti in Panama (my close personal friends, supporters & allies), to add to his International collection of indigenous hand-made art & craft items.
A news article about Foster Simon's 2008 debut at the United Nations:
http://www.uctp.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=51

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