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Llanto de Tepuyes (Tepuyes’ Tears)

Llanto de Tepuyes (Tepuyes’ Tears) performed by Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra.
<v ->Here’s the story.</v> There’s a beautiful region in Venezuela called the Canaima region. This is a protected National Park. And in that park are these vast waterfalls and beautiful birds and exotic creatures. This has been known as one of the great wonders of the world, a sort of paradise. And the story that Marielleber Nunez told me is about Canaima and the Pemon people who are indigenous to this story. So at the beginning, you hear these waterfalls. They have shelves and shelves of waterfalls. (instrumental beats) That glissando over these vast expanses of gorgeous strong rock formations. (instrumental beats)
You hear that there are some children pemon children singing, we actually found a recording of singing and that’s depicting. (instrumental beats)
One of the traditions of the pemon people is that they have this ululation, this expression in the middle of their songs that are sort of an expression of awe and wonder. You’ll hear jaguars, these stuffy jaguars that move on the forest land around this waterfall formation. (instrumental beats)
And on the nests, vibrant red headed birds start singing above them. So they’re going back and forth ground to Sky in this dialogue (instrumental beats)
and then suddenly the trees coming and the trees are rooted in the ground. You can hear them and I’m playing them and then you hear the leaves rustling in the wind and the high bells again. (instrumental beats)
These gold miners come in and start destroying this paradise. So they’re knocking down trees, also removing the habitat of these wonderful wildlife, the birds and the animals who live in this region. They’re dirtying the waters. And you hear the excavators are in these minor seconds in the pedal and I’m drilling them back and forth because those machines are relentless. (instrumental beats)
You hear those trees that are rooted, start losing their rooting, and they gradually move lower and lower in the bell register as they’re being toppled. (instrumental beats)
And at the end of the peace, suddenly the trees die.
Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra performs Llanto de Tepuyes (Tepuyes’ Tears) as part of a collection of performances called “Global Rings.” Below is a brief description of this performance:
Marielba Núñez is a Venezuelan investigative journalist who reveals government corruption, censorship, economic and refugee crises, starvation, and violence via poetry and music. In “Tepuyes’ Tears”, Núñez depicts the breathtakingly beautiful Canaima region of the Pemón people of Venezuela. In the music, we hear waterfalls glissando over rocks, children singing, birds chirping, jaguars stealthily walking, insects buzzing, and leaves blowing in the breeze. Suddenly, we hear the low, loud hums of earth-moving excavators, which are destroying the Canaima National Park in favor of mining for gold. Due to the mining, the Pemón people are displaced, trees are mowed down, waters are dirtied, and birds and animals are losing their habitats. The Tepuyes Mountains weep for the living beings who cannot thrive or survive under the oppression and destruction. Thus, “Tepuyes’ Tears”.
Marielba Núñez writes about the piece below.
In 2016, the Venezuelan government approved the decree Arco Minero del Orinoco, (Orinoco Mining Arc), a law that promotes the exploitation of the mineral resources, especially gold, in an area of more than 100,000 kilometers (more than 62,000 miles) on the southern side of the Orinoco River. Since then, the destruction of an important part of this territory, including lands of the National Park of Canaima, has advanced quickly, threatening a fragile and unique ecosystem. The mining activity has brought also violence and epidemics and has forced the migration of indigenous people that traditionally inhabit the region. This insatiable ambition continues wounding one of the most beautiful and serene lungs on the planet.
Listen to the full performance here.
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