2001 Annual Report
"I extend a sisterly greeting in gratitude for the good work GO does in benefit of the Secoya Nation."
Celinda Piaguaje, President of OMSE, The Secoya Women's Organization
"With these few words, I wish to infinitely thank Jonathon for the great assistance that he gives the Secoya People."
Angel Celestino Piaguaje, Secoya, educator and author
"We certify that the book Jonathon has written with other Huaorani youth for the Huaorani schools is a book that we are anxiously awaiting to use in our schools."
From a letter by the community leaders of the Quehueiriono Huaorani village
"Jonathon is an ethical and reliable friend of the Secoya People and his work with them ranks as very important. His knowledge of the forest and his relationship with indigenous communities is almost like that of a native."
Patricia Bastidas, EtnoTur, Ecuador
"The rainforest conservation work of Sparrow and Indigenous colleagues rank among the most respectful, creative, and promising ventures underway on behalf of earth and ancient earth ways."
Dr. Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar, Living Systems educator, author, and co-founder of The Council of All Beings
"Jonathon Sparrow and the rainforest workers in Ecuador are doing invaluable work. Not only with the Huaorani Indians but with many tribal groups. These young people are conscientiously recording botanical medicinals and new species of rainforest plants and bringing hope to Indigenous People. We all have pride in their efforts and support them in their endeavors."
Bill Mollison, originator of Permaculture, author, biologist, and Australia's Man of the Year
Council for Cultural and Biological Diversity is doing important work for the preservation of tropical ecosystems, and the indigenous gnosis of the forest inhabitants. They are literally rediscovering the "roots" of humanity's million-year old symbiosis with the plant kindom. Their work is ethical, motivated, and deserves support. In this era of shrinking ecosystems, disappearing species, and cultural dissolution the work of GO is of incalculable value for every species, and for all species who share this fragile planet."
Dr. Dennis McKenna, ethnopharmacologist and author
"GO is doing courageous and innovative work. By seeking out ways to assist cultural transmission while organizing to protect Ecuador's forests, they are working to preserve ancient botanical wisdom, not on some dusty bookshelf, but in the hearts of indigenous youths and in the forest itself. This is a bold and crucial step in these times."
Dr. Robert Hass, United States Poet Laureate
"This is important work, needs to be supported and is making a real difference."
Terrence McKenna, ethnobotanist and author
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2001 Annual Report