Panellists (left to right): CEO of Impact One, Mikolaj Sekutowicz; Founder and CEO of Cogni, Archie Ravishankar; Co-Founder of Meta4 Capital, Nabyl Charania; Scorpios founder Thomas Heyne; Chairwoman of the Board of Impact One, Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir; entrepreneur Richard Caring; Executive Producer of Refik Anadol Studio, Efsun Erkilic; Yawanawá Chief Nixiwaka Yawanawá; Indigenous activist Mariana Maia; Yawanawá Chief Isku Kua Yawanawá; and new media artist Refik Anadol. Photo courtesy of Impact One.
On 13 July 2023, we united with Yawanawá Chiefs Nixiwaka and Isku Kua, and media artist Refik Anadol at Scorpios Mykonos, to unveil Winds of Yawanawa: the first outcome of our collaboration with the Yawanawá communities of Aldeia Sagrada and Nova Esperança.
Winds of Yawanawa was commissioned by Impact One as a first-of-itskind co-created artwork by the Yawanawá people and media artist Refik Anadol. We unveiled Winds of Yawanawa as the sun set on the Greek island of Mykonos. In attendance were Chiefs Nixiwaka and Isku Kua Yawanawa, with their family members Ninunihu and Ykashahu Yawanawa, Refik Anadol and his partner Efsun Erkiliç, alongside the teams and our Scorpios partners, who made the artwork series drop and launch possible.
To accompany and explain the historic moment that is the creation of Winds of Yawanawa, CEO of Impact One Mikolaj Sekutowicz hosted a panel discussion, to discuss the significance of the cross-industry collaboration from which the artwork emerged, and how Web3 can be used an additional driver of global stewardship of natural ecosystems.
  • Founder and CEO of Cogni, Archie Ravishankar
  • Co-Founder of Meta4 Capital, Nabyl Charania
  • Scorpios founder Thomas Heyne
  • Chairwoman of the Board of Impact One, Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir
  • Entrepreneur Richard Caring
  • Executive Producer of Refik Anadol Studio, Efsun Erkilic
  • Yawanawá Chief Nixiwaka Yawanawá
  • Indigenous activist Mariana Maia
  • Visionary young Yawanawá Leader Isku Kua Yawanawá
  • New media artist Refik Anadol
“I am a part of the new generation that has witnessed the new technologies arriving within our territories. We understood the need to adapt to these new instruments that you bring in order to adapt to this new reality. I don’t need to fight with my bow and arrows anymore. I only need to speak the same language as you. Who would have thought that indigenous people from the middle of the forest living in such a traditional way would today be launching an artwork with this artificial intelligence and all the technology it involves. It doesn’t make me and my people less Yawanawá or less indigenous. When I return back home I will be walking barefoot on the ground. I will continue to play in the river with my children and lighting my fire under the starry sky. But when I want to speak to you or to my brothers, I will take my phone and speak to whoever I want and continue protecting my forests in the same way. But now speaking the same language as you.”
– Yawanawá Chief Isku Kua
“Today, I am witnessing the first dialogue of our civilisation. Because here I stand, not just as a Yawanawá Indigenous man from the Amazon, but I speak for nature itself. We are not the lungs of the world. We are the heart of the world.”
– Yawanawá Chief Nixiwaka Yawanawa
“This movement where [the Yawanawá] are now living is the time of culture and the time of spirituality, where they are able to share with the world, and be empowered. And this is very much through these alliances. So the people, the Yawanawá people, are people that have always been open to alliances. They have, even in their stories, prophecies about this. So it’s also due to these alliances that they are living in the abundance they are living today and that we are able to be spearheading such innovation with the outside world between the indigenous.”
– Indigenous activist Mariana Maia
“When we think about what the Yawanawá do, they are the preserver of ancient wisdom, ancient technology and since we are working with technology, it was so interesting and mind-opening to see how they initially connect with each other, especially in the sense of AI.”
– Efsun Erkilic, Executive Producer of Refik Anadol Studio
To complete the launch programme, Yawanawá chiefs Nixiwaka and Isku Kua led prayers and musical performances of traditional songs together with Nixiwaka’s daughter Ykashahu and Ninunihu, granddaughter of the great medicine man Yawarani.

Launch of winds of yawanawa

Winds Of Yawanawa By Refik Anadol And The Yawanawá Launches In Mykonos

On 13 July 2023, we united with Yawanawa Chiefs Nixiwaka and Isku Kua,and media artist Refik Anadol at Scorpios Mykonos, to unveil Winds of Yawanawa: the first outcome of our collaboration with the Yawanawá communities of Aldeia Sagrada and Nova Esperança.
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