Located at the foothills of the Himalaya mountains on the border of Northern Myanmar and Northwestern Yunnan province in Southwestern China, the Drung valley is one of the wildest and most remote valley's in China. This region has been classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve as well as a world heritage site. The Drung valley is home to a rich biosphere, rare indigenous species of plants and animals. There are three kinds of snakes that can kill you. The Drung minority has a total population of approximately 6000 individuals. Drung women born before 1949 have their entire face tattooed. I was told by my host that this practice, which was banned by Mao ZeDong in 1949, aimed to protect women from other tribes. There were 18 of these women still alive when I visited the mountain village in the summer of 2012. They are considered national treasures by the Chinese government. A road was built to access the valley in 1998, and until the building of a new highway in 2014, the valley was closed off for part of the year during the winter season. During my travels to the Drung valley in 2012, I was told by my host that about 50 foreigners a year had travelled to the valley since 2009. I was one of the first 200 travellers to visit the Drung valley.
The N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) molecule has the unique property of releasing the structured ego into the Over-self. Each person who has that experience undergoes a mini-apocalypse, a mini entry in hyperspace. Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival, 1991
“The term entheogen derives from a Greek word meaning “to realize the divine within” and was used by the ancient Greeks to describe states of poetry or prophetic inspiration. Greek knowledge is seeing.” Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics
BÉRANGÈRE MAÏA NATASHA PARIZEAU
My artwork, experimental films, and scholarly reflections emerge from a deep curiosity and fascination with the boundlessness of the human spirit, the limitlessness of the cosmic universe, the mythological, the spiritual, the exploration of my EARTH LIGHT body which emanates from infinity (this is the realm of the MYSTERY, the wildest imagination), as well as a real concern for our beautiful planet MOTHER EARTH. The premise of this heuristic body of work is that the current planetary crises are crises in human consciousness, crises of the humanity group soul/spirit. As an environmental advocate and consciousness activist, my work intends to intentionally participate in redesigning culture, the intentional participation in designing a post-growth ecological culture (this is the creative process of redesigning culture) for an ecologically sustainable and spiritually thriving planetary future. My intention is to shed light on the sacred multidimensional ways in which we potentiate the power of our consciousness. This body of work is a prayer to humanity to align our mind and hearts, to raise the power of our hearts, to develop methods and technologies to go inward towards the complexities and awareness of our individual connection to Source We are the Rainbow Warriors. If the world is indeed participatory, we manifest/dream this world into existence. Indeed, dear friends... a colourful future is ours to create!