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Beyond Red Alert: Super Floods in the Amazon – Help Needed!


Floods in Iquitos

Unremitting torrential rainstorms in combination with a greater than normal glacial melt in the Andes has over the past few months created widespread flooding in the city of Iquitos and the neighbouring areas located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. The water levels in Amazon River and its tributaries such as the Nanay and the Itaya rivers have overflowed and a huge part of the city has become inundated. Many villages and communities have been washed away or are submerged. Over 100,000 people have been displaced by the floods. A State of Emergency was belatedly declared by the Peruvian Government on March 30th.  Marco Paredes, regional head of Senamhi (National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology) expects that the water levels of the rivers will continue to grow. There are also grave concerns about sanitation, and the subsequent spread of diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Bill Grimes the proprietor of the Dawn on the Amazon River Cruises and the fabulous like named cafe (delicious food btw) located on the Malecon has been keeping people posted on the situation with narratives and photos (some of these photos are on ths post), but more than that Bill and his friends have been purchasing drinking water, food, and other emergency supplies and distributing these to isolated villages and communities in the outlying areas.

Iquitos Flood

Bill needs assistance to continue this vital work. Donations will be most welcome to continue and expand the rescue work to allow him to purchase and distribute more emergency supplies. I’ve known Bill for a few years and frequent his cafe whenever I’m in Iquitos, all I can say is that he is one of the genuine ‘good guys’.

You can help in two ways:

  •  Donate money or / and
  • Raise awareness of this appalling situation by posting this on Face book, Blogs, and other social media.

If you would like to send a donation to Bill and his friends; you can do this via Western Union , MoneyGram, or Xoom.com, The details are as follows;

Destination Iquitos Peru, South America.

Recipient; Marmelita Flores Pua De Grimes

Make sure to spell Marmelita’s (Bill’s wife) full name correctly. It must match her National ID card (DNI). The clerk will give you a multi-digit number to identify your transaction. Email the number to Bill bill@dawnontheamazon.com and Bill and Marmelita can collect from the Interbank office in town.

Thanks for making a difference.

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José Morey – Art Exhibition ‘Amazonia 2004’ Catalogue


The catalogue of the Amazonia 2004 Exhibition in Iquitos, Peru. Featuring the work of local artist José Morey

Artist Bio – Translated from Spanish

José MOREY JOS RIOS Loreto, Iquitos natural – Peregresado School of Fine Arts in Iquitos Pea Victor.  Morey has done many exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and eight solo Through his short but fructfera work in the field of plastic arts. Graduated the year 1992 has been developing art workshops in the school of our city as a teacher. His work was initially based on use of language to express the view Linear selvtico mostly with themes of flora and fauna, reaching proposal to establish a modern and pioneering geometric interpretation of trends within contemporary artists neo locale. The pictorial technique includes the traditional materials read on canvas applied with brush, geometrized forms and shapes, that after his first solo steps away a bit of regional issues amaznicos, to cover a comunicacinms wide, to universalize his art travs conventional geometric shapes squares, cubes, circles, spheres, triangles, polyhedra, etc .- have also the same as a conventional language itself ylneas points as independent.

In 1998 he won an Honorable Mention in the First National Biennial of Lima – Peren regional qualifying stage, which leads him to exhibit in the city of Lima that same year, with outstanding national and international artists invited to do so event. In 2001, when he attended the Complementacin s academic UNAP arises in a match between the artist and information on the antiquity of the people of America in an anthropology class in which the texts respondents talk about research in the area amaznica of Brazil, where pictorial artistic remains discovered in caves and rock paintings, stone arrowheads ago, ten to twelve thousand years of antiquity.

This knowledge motivates and stimulates the search for a way or how to interpret these facts to travs of painting, time of the encounter with the natural material used as llanchama material, which is the top surface armata Poulsenia tree, variety amazonian belonging to the family of the Morea, and abounds in Peruvian departments of Amazonas, Huanuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martn Ucayali. The fruits of this variety are similar to figs. This is native cloth sail and used by people from different ethnic groups since time immemorial, dressing, sleeping on them or covered, making ornaments and decorative painting body as headbands, bracelets and anklets. This fabric is located between the wood and bark of the tree, like a shirt sleeve, which then detach with gentle strokes are cut off the stem and dried for domestic use. JosMorey painted with oil paintings on the web natural advantage of the wide variety of textures that show, whose lines simple, compound or interrupted offer a thousand and one ways that have been printed on the fabric, the bark of these trees, as if they were carved by time stamps on these natural elements, but living inmviles. The shapes of the texture that Morey llanchama get to color, give way to the pictorial work, this texture is used in addition to his designs. These designs include in its incredible variety, may be a reflection of a pre-established unique and original composition. Iquitos – Peru 2007

Original Spanish

Artista Pintor loretano, natural de Iquitos – Perú, egresado de la Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Iquitos ?Víctor Morey Peña?, ha realizado muchas exposiciones colectivas a nivel local, nacional e internacional y ocho exposiciones individuales a través de su corta pero fructífera labor en el campo de las artes plásticas. Egresado el año de 1992, ha venido desarrollando talleres de arte en la Escuela de nuestra ciudad como profesor.

Su trabajo inicialmente se basó en el uso del lenguaje lineal para expresar el panorama selvático en su mayoría con temas de flora y fauna, llegando a establecer una propuesta geométrica interpretativa moderna y pionera dentro de las tendencias de artistas contemporáneos del entorno local.

La técnica pictórica recoge los materiales tradicionales del óleo aplicado con pinceles sobre lienzo, geometrizando formas y figuras, que luego de su primera individual, se aparta un poco de los temas regionales amazónicos, para abarcar una comunicación más amplia, buscando universalizar su arte a través de formas geométricas convencionales ?cuadrados, cubos, circunferencias, esferas, triángulos, poliedros, etc.- los mismos que también poseen un lenguaje convencional propio al igual que puntos y líneas independientes.

En 1998 obtiene una mención honrosa de la Primera Bienal Nacional de Lima – Perú, en su etapa clasificatoria regional, que lo lleva a exponer en la ciudad de Lima ese mismo año, junto a destacados pintores nacionales e internacionales invitados para tal evento.

El 2001, cuando cursaba estudios de Complementación Académica en la UNAP se suscita una coincidencia del artista con informaciones sobre la antigüedad de los pobladores de América en una clase de antropología, en la cual, los textos consultados hablan de investigaciones en la zona amazónica del Brasil, donde se descubren vestigios artísticos pictóricos en cuevas ?pintura rupestre- y puntas de flechas de piedra de hace diez a doce mil años de antigüedad.

Este conocer motiva y estimula la búsqueda de una manera o forma de interpretar estos hechos a través de la pintura, momento en que se produce el encuentro con la ?llanchama? materia natural utilizada como tela, que es extraída del árbol poulsenia armata, variedad amazónica que pertenece a la familia de las moráceas, y abunda en departamentos peruanos de Amazonas, Huanuco, Loreto, Madre de Dios, San Martín y Ucayali. Los frutos de esta variedad se parecen a ?higos?.

Esta ?tela nativa? es extraída y utilizada por los pobladores de las diferentes etnias desde tiempos inmemoriales, para vestirse, dormir sobre ellas o cubrirse, pintarlas decorativamente o hacer adornos corporales como vinchas, brazaletes o tobilleras.

Esta tela se sitúa entre la madera y la corteza del árbol, como la manga de una camisa, que luego de desprenderla con golpes suaves, son cortadas para retirarlas del tronco y secadas para su uso doméstico.

José Morey pinta con óleos sobre esta tela natural aprovechando la gran variedad de texturas que presenta, cuyas líneas simples, compuestas o interrumpidas brindan mil y una formas que han sido impresas sobre ella ?la tela- por la corteza de estos árboles, como si fueran sellos labrados por el tiempo sobre estos elementos naturales, inmóviles pero vivientes.

Las formas de la textura de llanchama que Morey consigue dar color, abren paso a la obra pictórica, esta textura además es utilizada por sus diseños.

Estos diseños que recoje en su increíble variedad, podrían ser el reflejo pre establecido de un sistema compositivo único y original.

Iquitos – Perú; 2007

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Iquitos – Gateway to the Amazon


Iquitos - Gateway to the AmazonIquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest, with a population of around 400,000. It is the capital of Loreto Region and Maynas Province. It is generally considered the most populous city in the world that cannot be reached by road (except to Nauta 120 Km on the Rio Marañón).

The only way to get there is via aeroplane or by river boat. The city in the 19th century was the centre of the Rubber industry but by the early 20th century the rubber trade had moved to the Far East, and the city had fallen into neglect and disrepair. It is now a place without an apparent purpose resplendent in its post-colonial-rubber-boom splendour, literally in the middle of nowhere, a true frontier town.

When you stand on the Malecon at the edge of the city (and civilisation) …….you overlook thousands of miles of rainforest, a truly breathtakingly beautiful experience.This is a video clip of imagery of Iquitos. Including Belen market, Puerto Bellevista. Iquitos is the base where we leave for our Ayahuasca Retreats at Mishana.

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