CACE was a vendor at the 2016 Great Insect Fair - an annual event sponsored by...
November 04, 2016
CACE was a vendor at the 2016 Great Insect Fair - an annual event sponsored by the Penn State Univ. Dept. of Entomology to educate the public about many aspects of insects and other bugs. It included exhibits of pollinators, edible bugs, pests, and just plain cool critters. CACE featured many of our insect ornaments hand-made by campesino artisans from the town of Jenaro Herrera on the Ucayali River in the Peruvian Amazon.
"While concepts like punctuality, mutual respect, no put downs of self or others, and listening when someone else is speaking may seem like obvious guidelines to form a positive community, a commitment to actually practice and hold each other accountable to observe these agreements is profound in a culture where showing up late, malicious gossip, and interrupting a speaker are painfully common."
"Artisan facilitators should of course share what they know, but beginning and experienced artisans all benefit by remaining humble, enthusiastic about learning, and committed to encourage and affirm their fellow artisans. So many artisans said that the thing they most wanted to bring back to their communities was this spirit of working in a mutually supportive environment."
"Both men and women wore garb made with bleached llanchama tree bark painted with graphic figures from Bora clans. Several wore headdresses made with the feathers from macaws and parrots. They discussed the importance of nature and craft-making in their culture and then launched into a lively dance where the men chanted and pounded sticks into the ground to the rhythm of moving around in a circle. Visitors joined the undulating lines to share the vibrant energy."