The last year has been another amazing one for Greenpeace and their Amazon campaign. We are delighted to learn that our last Intrepid Foundation donation has contributed towards some incredible progress. Charlie Adlum at Greenpeace reports…
“In July, after a huge concerted campaign push, sportswear giant Nike Inc announced it would stop using leather from cattle raised in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, saying the move is part of the company’s commitment to curbing the region’s deforestation.
Dance has a long history in China. On 5000-year-old pottery there are paintings of people dancing and nearly 1000 distinctive folk dances are performed throughout the country. But it was dance of a more unrehearsed kind when Rachel Wasser’s Intrepid group took to the floor…
“Visiting the Longji Rice Terraces is an experience in itself. The stunning views, gorgeous people and invigorating hiking are enough to send you home with a smile on your face. One of the highlights is also when the Ping’An cultural show coincides with our trip.
After a five-hour hike through the terraces and a massive meal, our group sat down to enjoy the guesthouse show. The local women wore their traditional Zhuang minority dress and performed one song and dance, and then they opened the floor up to us.
If you’ve even seen the New Zealand All Blacks play rugby, then you will know the haka. Many may argue that this passionate tribal dance that’s performed at the start of each match is as exciting as the game itself. It’s become a Maori trademark and Intrepid’s Mac Brown loves sharing his culture with the world…
“The importance of the haka in our national psyche is difficult to explain. It is more than a war dance and a challenge. In many ways it reflects who I am and where I have come from. For me, doing the haka is the physical manifestation of my national pride and heritage.