Listen to the Music of the Birds in Our Souls to Stop Their Extinction in Nicaragua Now
By Rebecca Trujillo - directora
Helping people become more and more aware of the dangers animals are facing in their struggle to survive is the aim of the artists in FE. These artists who each have different disAbilties know that to many people the extinction of Animals doesn’t seem to be important with all the activities that they are involved in daily. These artists decided that if they paint or draw the different animals and show the beauty that perhaps people will wake up before it is too late to save these special animals from extinction. Nicaraguans have always been proud of their animals and it is very hard to make a transition to believing that these animals are in danger of extinction. There have always been Tucans and there will always be the Jaguar in Nicaragua,yet this is now not true as they are in danger of extinction. These artists were shocked to also learn that the dolphin is in danger of extinction and that they are missing many plants that their children will never see. It is not easy to talk about this loss. So they started to copy and paint these animals on everything that comes into the recycling center. They are saying No, these animals must continue they must be helped.
What can a deaf person do about it and what can a person who is partially paralyzed do to change this course of history? In October these artists will come together with other people to share their concerns about the future of Nicaraguan animals who are on the endangered list. Before the fair they will be visiting schools and encouraging students of all ages to draw their favorite animals as part of an art contest to bring about awareness of these animals and their future. The fair will have guest speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise and hopefully give some concrete answers to children who say “why should the turtles go out existence? I love these creatures.” The fair is a way for groups to come together and share their ideas and experience, with videos, and displays about these animals. They are making replicas of the animals in their habitat because the habitat is what is disappearing in Nicaragua as development and one crop farming take more space away from birds and wildlife, even from the birds and other animals that migrate from the north each year. The big question is what can we do to save these animals? Nicaragua is in a political social economic crisis and it is not popular to talk about how the wildlife is suffering but each child who draws their favorite animal starts us all thinking we have to focus on this danger of extinction.
Angelica is one of these artists and she spends her day painting the animals that she loves mostly birds. She was born deaf and so has never heard the beautiful songs of the birds that she paints. But when someone sees her paintings they hear the music in their soul and know that we have got to do something to save these animals from extinction, even the sloth has got to be saved from extinction.
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