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Brown Rice Family Charity Tour + Inkkas

One of Brown Rice Family's principle is that anyone of any ethnicity and of any age can be reached through the power of music and, that it can also be a healing tool! Music is one of the universal languages of the world. It has the power to speak and move even the most recalcitrant person!  Brown Rice Family would love to be able to spread the gift of "world's root" music to Haiti! 

 

Agenda for Brown Rice Family:

 

After the earthquake in Haiti, a lot of people's lives has been shaken to its very core especially the children's! Many of children have been left orphans, homeless and paralyzed. By contributing to the Brown Rice Family Fundraiser, you will be helping to raise the children's spirits and also help provide them with nutritious food!

 

The Brown Rice Family would love to be able to bring musical instruments to the students in Haiti and teach them how to play said instruments! Not only that but the Brown Rice Family wants to teach the children in Haiti about healthy living, unity, global solidarity and other languages! 

 

The money would cover hotel, food, airfare, instruments, brown rice and etc.

 

Contributing: 

 

You can contribute by donating any monetary sum at this link:http://www.gofundme.com/Brown-Rice-Family-Haiti. Every small donation will contribute to this cause! 

Contact Information:

Brown Rice can be contacted booked at: 

Chriss Rimpel

Cellphone: 347.551.9893

Email: CRbookingsnmarketing@gmail.com

 

Inkkas and Brown Rice Family are partnering up to promote an organic lifestyle!

Inkkas and Brown Rice Family will be partnering up to promote an organic lifestyle! Brown Rice Family won the WNYC Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs of New York City!

 

 

 

Background on Brown Rice

The Brown Rice family is one of the world's freshest World's root bands. What is a world root's band one may ask? Well, a world root's music encompasses jazz stylings, afrobeat, reggae, rock, Latin rhythm, hip-hop and funk. 

 

Brown Rice, originally, had only two members, Yuichi and the former member Joe Young, who met each other in music class and bonded over their love of a healthy life style and music. Both shared a mutual love of music and healthy eating. Both shared the belief that a person should live in a healthy envirnoment and have a healthy lifestyle. From this belief, the two friends decided to create a band that would make their listners feel alive.

 

Since their inception, Brown Rice Family has grown. They now consists of 8 members who originate from all over the world-Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. By having such a diverse cast, Brown Rice Family is the embodiment of world's root music! Check out their music here: http://brownricefamily.com/music/gallery

 

Environmental stance:

"BRF firmly believes in self-improvement and environmental improvement, and so the collective is perpetually seeking out healthier ways of living, grooving, and eating. And this belief is not only in their music, it stretches out into the crafting of the band-madeBrown Rice Family soap. This soap is made of the most natural ingredients available from organic farmers and suppliers.This “family” creates world rhythm driven music and dance that is nutritious for every age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, group, and occasion."

 

 

Contact information:

Brown Rice Family can be contacted at:

Chriss Rimpel

Cellphone: 347.551.9893

Email: CRbookingsnmarketing@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

The exciting thing about traveling is....

When we were in college, we received a great piece of advice from one of our favorite college professors. He told us to make sure to travel while we were young, because we would never believe what you will learn and who you will meet!

 

Looking back now, we couldn't agree with him more! Traveling truly the best way to find out more about the world around you and find out more about yourself at the same time! Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and the chance to grow and to learn who you really are.

 

That's why over the next few weeks Team Inkkas will be traveling through South America and live blogging about our experiences on the road of life!

 

 

The best part of working at Inkkas, is that we are able to travel for work! While traveling through South America we learned that the infinite piece of wisdom that was given to us in college was true. Here in South America, things are completely different! You meet people on the road that you would never meet in your normal life, try foods that you would never see elsewhere and experience things you only dreamed of before.

 

 

So stay tuned to the Inkkas.com blog for daily updates as Team Inkkas live blogs about our travels in South America. We will share with you all of our favorite experiences, the amazing people we meet along the way and of course all of the best kept secrets that no one knows about except for the locals! We are looking forward to sharing the beauty of South America will you!

 

Inkkas and The Base Studio are currently in Peru!

We are proud to announce an advertising and promotional video with The Base Studio. The Base Studio has produced commercials for some of the largest companies in the world, not to mention that they have worked on major motion pictures as well - such as Thor, The Amazing Spider-man, Captain America, etc in editing. So we are really looking forward to our cooperation together!

 

Starting mid-May 2013, Inkkas and The Base Studio will begin a 14-day commercial production shoot from Lima, Peru to the Amazon rainforest! While we are in South America, we will also be on an expedition to find the newest and latest sources for authentic handmade South American textiles! 

 

Test Shoot with Base Studios! Check out Blue Mist!

 

Our fourteen day route from Lima Peru to Cuzco!

 

Film Crew testing out some photo shots!

 

 

Inkkas on the Today Show!

Looking for a great gift for Mother's Day? Well look no further, Inkkas is proud to announce that we were just featured on the Today Show's list of top gifts for Mothers Day! 

 

Inkkas in cooperation with Roozt, partnered together and managed to attract the attention of the Today Show, America's destination for morning news and lifestyle advice. Roozt is the online shopping destination for the trendy and socially conscious brands, there motto? Bringin' Sexy Back to Giving Back!

 

As Inkkas continues to grow in popularity and size we hope to be featured in a lot more TV programs and magazines. 

 

Check out Inkkas in the video below!

 

Inkkas Update: 

The release of our new v2.0 shoes has been an outstanding success with people world-wide purchasing our shoes. In the meantime team Inkkas is working hard on our new summer and fall line of shoes! Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming designs and patterns ...

Thank You Letter from Amazon Watch

Yesterday we received a letter from Atossa Soltani the Founder and Executive Director of AmazonWatch(.org) thanking us for our donating 10% of our sales to their cause. Their tireless work has been an inspiration for all of us on the Inkkas Team and we hope that as we continue to grow as a company and as a brand we can continue to contribute to Amazon Watch and by doing so doing our part to help protect the Amazon rainforst & its inhabitants. 

 

A little about Amazon Watch & What they Do: 


Amazon Watch is a Non-Profit, Non-Government Organization that strives to protect the Amazon rainforest & its inhabitants. Established in 1996 and based in San Francisco, California. Amazon Watch works together with other environmental NGO's, indigenous people of the Amazon and certain South American governments to further their goal to help protect the world's largest rain forest.

Amazon Watch works to promote awareness, preservation and protection for the Amazon rain forest and the indigenous people living there. To accomplish this goal Amazon Watch  focuses on making corporations accountable for their actions as well as campaigning for human and ecological rights. Amazon Watch aspires to promote respect and understanding for both the Amazonian environment as well as to protect the civil-rights of the indigenous populations who have lived in the Amazon for thousands of years.

 
A letter of thanks from Amazon Watch:  

Thank You Letter from Amazon Watch
 

Indigenous Tribe Fights Big Oil

Home to over 11,000 indigenous people called the Achuar, there exists a part of the Amazon which straddles the border of Peru and Ecuador which is known to be one of the richest in the world in terms of nature. Thousands of different plants, animals, and insects call this area their home.

The Achuar people are a traditional people who are relatively self-sustaining. They hunt, fish, farm and trade between themselves and have preserved a rich culture and history. Now their very livelihoods are at stake.
Below: Video of the Life of the Achuar People

The remote Amazon headwaters along the border of Peru and Ecuador are one of the most biodiverse places on earth. This remote region – up to a week’s travel by bus, boat and canoe from the capital city of Lima – is home to over 11,000 Achuar indigenous people. As their ancestors have done before them, they hunt, fish, and raise crops in the Corrientes, Pastaza, and Morona river basins.
Today, the Achuar’s way of life and survival is threatened by international oil companies exploring and drilling for oil.


Corrientes River:
What was once a rich piece of the Amazon that provided a critical livelihood for thousands of Achuar people has been slowly corrupted and polluted throughout the years to a situation in which experts are now calling a “tipping point” for their entire Corrientes region.
Since the 1970’s big oil companies have been conducting exploratory drilling throughout the Corrientes region. For almost 40 years companies like Occidental Petroleum and Pluspetrol have been carelessly emptying “produced waters” – mineral rich water which is a byproduct of oil excavation – into local streams and drivers. These “produced waters” are full of harmful elements that when exposed to local water sources, corrupt them and create safety hazards.


As a result there has been a documented rise in health problems in Achuar communities. Diseases, tumors, skin ailments and even miscarriages have been associated with the mishandling of these produced waters as well as numerous cases of oil spills.
Through non-violent means the Achuar people are resisting these abuses and have filed a class action lawsuit against Occidental Petroleum in the United States demanding accountability and that they follow appropriate environmental standards.
For hundreds of years the Achuar people have lived in peace & harmony, now these people’s way of life is danger.


Source: AmazonWatch.org

Source: AmazonWatch.org

The Paztasa & Morona River basins otherwise know as “Abanico del Pastaza” are located in the rainforests of northern Peru. Stretching across millions of hecters of land they includes rivers, lakes and many undiscovered plants and animals.
The Abanico del Pastaza is one of the most diverse locations in all of South America, and perhaps the World. While considered a area of “importance” by several environmental bodies it is sadly not included in Peru’s National System of Natural Protected Areas or (SINANPE).
Until recently this swatch of land has been free of exploitation and deforestation but recent moves by the Peruvian government have opened over a million hectares of land (1.7 million to be exact) for exploratory drilling. Since 2011 Canadian company Talisman Energy in collaboration with Oxy (Occidental Petroleum) have begun exploratory drilling which has led to irreparably damaged the delicate ecosystem of Abanico del Pastaza.


Meanwhile Talisman claims that only an insignificant portion of the Achuar people are affected by their drilling – a claim strongly debated by the leaders of the Achuar tribes. The Achuar people have countered this claim, explaining how drilling has affected hunting and agriculture as well as their critical water sources.
In 2010 delegates from the Achuar people traveled to Canada to meet with Talisman executives and to protest the company’s environmental negligence.
In 2011 Achuar leader Peas Peas Ayui travelled to Calgary to challenge the CEO of Talisman.
 
To learn more about the struggle of the Achuar people here – AmazonWatch.org


Handcrafted Textiles made in South America

Traditional and 100% authentic we use specially designed textiles imported from all over Latin America.

There is a rich and long history that is connected to the beautiful textiles that are coming out of South America. Shorn from animals native to the region. The wool is washed, spun, threaded – and all of this is done by hand! These soft and strong fibers are then dyed using completely natural materials that can be found in nature. After being dyed the wool is intricately spun and woven together into complex and intricate patterns that help make them so famous. These textiles are used for numerous creations like scarves, bags, Mantas, clothing and even our shoes!

In this article we will go into depth and explain how these breath taking textiles come into being. Continue reading to learn about this ancient tradition of Peruvian art.


Background:

Andean textiles are a sacred tradition passed down throughout the ages for at least ten thousand years. While the very first textiles were actually made out of cotton, as the technology and practice advanced the Andean people began including wool from the Alpaca and llama.

Quick Fact: Did you know that some of the ancient Andea tribes used quilted armour to protect themselves in battle? The quilts were so thick and finely woven they were equal in strength to European armour!

In these traditional communities it is often the role of the women and children to take care of their flocks of sheep, llamas, or even alpacas. Once a year the villagers shear their flock and collect the wool which is then used to make their beautiful textiles.


Did you Know?: That the fleece from an alpaca is consider MORE rare than silk?

Dying the Wool:

For thousands of years the people of the Andes have passed on their knowledge of color dying using natural materials found in nature. Today textiles are often a mix of both natural and synthetic fibres combining old and new traditions.


Boiled for varying periods, the yarn is dyed according to the natural materials used and the colour desired. Ingredients, like salt or urine are used to create multiple shades and colours, alter hues, or intensify colour saturation. After the yarns have dried, they are re-spun and made into balls of yarn. Materials and colors that are used depend on the region and personal preference of the dyers and weavers.


Did you Know?: Textile arts were extremely labor intensive and required extraordinary skill. A single tunic might be made from 6 to 9 miles of different colored thread.


A short breakdown of colors and their ingredients:

Color

Ingredient(s)

Red

Cochineal – A bug typically found on cactuses in the Sacred Valley of Peru

Green

Ch'illca – A green plant with white flowers

Purple

A combination of Cochineal and Urine or Lemon

Grey

Tara – A bean like pod and Iron Sulphate

Brown

Harvest from the natural brown fur of alcapas and llamas

Blue

Combination of Tara and blue Copa (a form of iron sulphate)

Yellow

Qolle Flowers – Found in a small tree made in the region

Black & White

Shorn from naturally colored animals

Quick Fact: During the time of the Incan Empire textiles were considered more valuable than gold! The Incas people offered textiles as tributes to their gods or to important officials.

Looms & Weaving:

Weaving the colorful fabrics together the native people use traditional looms to create beautiful & intricate patterns. For over a thousand years the Incan and Andean people tried and perfected this skill. Often it takes several years until one is fulled versed in the art. These complex Peruvian textiles are made with a primitive backstrap loom, or on the basic frame loom. Using simple looms, made of little more than sticks, the wool is woven by hand into complex and beautiful patterns.


The Backstrap Loom:

Is an elegant tool in its simplicity, effectiveness, and portability. The loom is made up of nine core parts, with a certain amount of variation in the make-up of the loom, depending on region and the needs of the specific project.


The Four-Post Loom:

The four-post loom, is a form of a horizontal loom in which four stakes or posts are hammered into the ground into a rectangular arrangement.


The designs of the textiles are ancient and go back countless years to old traditions and faith. Colors, patterns and especially symbols all hold significant meaning and not simply decorative. The patterns created look amazing but there is so much more to them then just simple design. The styles and patterns woven tell a complex and beautiful story often connected to nature, a feeling or can even tell a story! Each weaver has a different personality and this will often express itself inside the work that she does. Flowers, animals and even people are all woven into these intricate textiles and as time progresses weavers have begun to add their own interpretations and designs into the the fabric.


Did you know?: That weavers can sometimes make tiny variations in their patterns or symbols as to convey humor or sadness! Often woven animals or symbols come from the imaginations of the weaver.


The Result:

Beautiful, authentic, hand woven textiles that will be made into anything from scarves to shawls to shoes. Amazing how these textiles represent thousands of years of tradition, culture, knowledge and history. - Inkkas

What Everybody Needs to Know About the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is one of the biggest forests on the planet. It contains large biodiversity and
While this might sound evident to most people, unfortunately it's not the case in reality. The Amazon rainforest is in reality seriously endangered with heavy deforestation and pollution. The consequences of these actions aren't just the loss of biodiversity but they also affect the lives of many people every day in a way unknown to most people in developed countries.

Deforestation

Deforestation is the biggest danger to the Amazon. The entirety of the Amazon rainforest lies on the territory of industrially developing nations that are in desperate need of resources to drive their economies. The rainforest comes in very handy for this purpose. Politicians of these countries acknowledge the natural hazards of deforestation but they claim that for the well-being of their country they have no choice then to export logs and products manufactured from wood.

The statistics regarding the deforestation of the Amazon are very terrifying. If someone claims the contrary then please refer to the following statistics: Since 1970 around 20% of the rainforest has been cut down; every year the rate of deforestation of the Amazon is increasing considerably despite international pressures; the total area of current deforestation is almost of the size of Texas or almost two times that of Peru.

So, not matter what kind of information you read before this, the message that the data above conveys is very terrifying. And if you think that it's not a problem since new trees are being planted in the place of the old ones then you are wrong. The deforested areas are being used as pastures or agricultural land, meaning no new trees will be planted whatsoever.

Amazon watch already pointed out on multiple occasions that if deforestation continues it will soon reach a point where the forest will not be able to recover anymore.

Pollution

Pollution is another serious concern to the biodiversity of the rainforest. With the industrialization of countries like Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia the rainforest is seriously engendered through the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemical compounds. Not only do these kill wildlife and insect live, they also have a negative effect on people's health.

Indigenous People of the Amazon

What most people actually aren't aware of is that the Amazon rainforest is populated by a large number of indigenous tribes and peoples. Most people would think that deforestation and the other enumerated problems don't affect these people since their rights are respected. In reality this is totally wrong.

Governments of the countries owning partitions of the rainforest have shown numerous times that they have no regard whatsoever to the rights of indigenous people and tribes. Often tribes will simply be evacuated from the areas that are supposed to be deforested without the right to appeal or compensation. Protests are usually met with violence by the police or even the military.

The Story of the Achuar People

Perhaps the most affected Amazonian people are the Achuar. The Achuar comprises of around 18,500 individuals dispersed between the borders of Ecuador and Peru. The Achuar are one of the last people that weren't completely wiped out or assimilated due to the negative effects of the deforestation of the rainforest.

The Achuar are an old people with a long tradition and unique customs. They are part of the cultural heritage of these countries but the recent developments in deforestation and pollution are heavily affecting their lifestyle and future.

The lifestyle of the Achuar completely depends on their surroundings such as the forest and rivers. This makes then extremely vulnerable since once these natural surroundings disappear basically they would not be able to maintain their lifestyle. And were aren't just talking about maintaining ancient traditions and customs, it's about actual survival, since the natural surroundings are actually what ensure food and shelter, or in other words, the survival of these people.

Deforestation is the biggest danger to these people. They incidentally live in an area that is targeted by the government of both countries for economic deforestation. The constant intrusion of agriculture and thus pollution into their lands also endanger the rivers and their wildlife that are since ancient times used as fishing grounds by the Achuar.

So bottom line is that for the Achuar it's about life and death really. And unfortunately without outside help these people will not be able to win this battle. This is why Amazonwatch spends a great deal of time and resources raising awareness of this problem, trying to determine people from all around the globe to contribute and aid this cause.

How To Help Support Indigenous People of the Amazon

Amazon Watch is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that aims to protect the Amazon rainforest
and the rights of the indigenous people living in the Amazon. The organization is located in San Francisco,
California and is partnered with a large number of environmental and indigenous rights protection
organizations in countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Colombia.



How does Amazon Watch Help the Environment and Indigenous People's Rights?

Over the course of its existence the organization has launched many successful campaigns that aimed
to raise international awareness regarding the problems and dangers indigenous Amazonians have to face.
But probably the most successful and most welcomed form of activity conducted by the organization is the
education of indigenous people regarding their rights and privileges.

The organization also organizes several campaigns that try to influence key decision makers in politics
and large corporations in order to determine them to respect the rights of indigenous people. These goals
are achieved through a variety of means such as media exposure, social media exposure and even legal
actions.

Another area of activity of the organization is the education corporate officials, public servants,
shareholders and people in key decision making positions that money can still be made at the same time
while respecting the rights of indigenous people and protecting the environment.

Past and Current Activities

One of the most high-profile campaigns of the organization is to stop the building of the Belo Monte
monster dam. This project intends to prevent the Brazilian government from building a large dam on the
Xingu River that would result in the destruction of several square kilometers of rain forest and natural
habitat. Another very important and high-profile campaign is the saving of the Achuar who are at
this moment dispersed along the border of Peru and Ecuador. Several large projects such as the drilling for oil in the Corrientes River and deforestation of large areas are seriously endangering the lives of more than 18,500
Achuar individuals.

Testing has recently revealed that local people due to pollution and petrol extraction have a dangerously
high blood-lead level. Likewise there are reports of various strange diseases such as tumors that can be
directly linked to the industrial and agricultural activities in the area.

Just recently in 2010 Amazon Watch aided a delegation of Achuar leaders who met with the oil company
Talisman requesting that the venture respects their rights. The Achuar leaders also took part in a
shareholder meeting with the company.

How can You Help?

If you are concerned about the problems that Amazon Watch is fighting then you can take part and help. All
you need to do is to purchase the extremely stylish and good looking shoes sold by inkkas.com.

This is because a significant percentage of the sales will be donated by Inkkas to Amazon Watch and its
causes. With these funds Amazon Watch will be able to continue its great progress and work representing
the interests of the Achuar people and other indigenous tribes.

The Amazon rain forest is a natural heritage of the whole planet and it's everyone's responsibility to
preserve it.