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SLIDESHOW: Indigenous life on Brazil's Xingu River under threat from a dam and a goldmine

The Volte Grande Project on the Xingu river is destined to be Brazil’s largest open-pit goldmine. But activists fear the environmental impact on indigenous communities. Aaron Vincent Elkaim visited the Xingu river to hear from the fishermen of the indigenous Juruna tribe.

Por: Univision
Publicado: 03 Apr | 04:24 PM EDT
Juruna from the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve are seen at a public audie...
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Juruna from the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve are seen at a public audience where riverine communities were able to voice their grievances to the Public Ministry and Notre Energia, the consortium in charge of building the Belo Monte Dam. The Juruna are down river from the proposed Belo Sun mine and are fearful of what it will mean for their future on the river. Nov 11, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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People hang out in the streets of Ressaca, a Garimpero or artisanal mini...
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People hang out in the streets of Ressaca, a Garimpero or artisanal mining community where the Belo Sun mine is planned. Many residents of the community support the mine, as they are hopeful to gain employment, even though the community will have to be relocated. They have already seen drastic impacts to their livelihoods after Belo Sun and the government prohibited them to continue mining, although they continue on a smaller scale. Jan 17, 2017. Foto: Aaron Vincent ElkaiM/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Youth partying at a nightclub in Altamira carry an unconscious woman out...
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Youth partying at a nightclub in Altamira carry an unconscious woman out of the club. Dec 18, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Gilliard Juruna, Cacique of the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indi...
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Gilliard Juruna, Cacique of the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve is seen at a public audience where riverine communities were able to voice their grievances to the Public Ministry and Notre Energia, the consortium in charge of building the Belo Monte Dam. The Juruna are down river from the proposed Belo Sun mine and are fearful of what it will mean for their future on the river. Nov 11, 2016.
Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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The newly operational Belo Monte Dam is seen on the Xingu River on March...
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The newly operational Belo Monte Dam is seen on the Xingu River on March 23, 2016. Two of the 18 turbines are currently operational; the dam is expected to be complete by 2019. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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A view of the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve on...
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A view of the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve on the Volta Grande do Xingu. This part of the Xingu River has had its water flow blocked by the newly completed Belo Monte Dam, severely damaging the fishing livelihoods of the people. The Juruna are now worried that the construction of the Belo Sun gold mine on the Volta Grange will further damage their river and way of life. Dec 9, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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The village of Ilha da Fazenda on the Volta Grande do Xingu across the r...
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The village of Ilha da Fazenda on the Volta Grande do Xingu across the river from where the Belo Sun mine is planned to be built. Illiah da Fazenda is a fishing community of 40 families, 22 are indigenous. Fishing in the river has already been seriously impacted by the Belo Monte Dam a few miles upriver and the community is concerned the mine will only compound the impacts. Dec 10, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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A pink house from the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indigenous Res...
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A pink house from the village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indigenous Reserve on the Volta Grande do Xingu. This part of the Xingu River has had it's water flow blocked by the newly completed Belo Monte Dam, severly damaging the fishing livelihoods of the people. The Juruna are now worried that the construction of the Belo Sun gold mine on the Volta Grange will further damage their river and way of life. Dec 10, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Jose Perriera Cunha, known as Perilito, shows some gold flakes in a pan....
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Jose Perriera Cunha, known as Perilito, shows some gold flakes in a pan. Perilito who is an equipment owner has made a good living from gold mining for decades. He's adamantly opposed to the Belo Sun Mine, worried how he will make `a living once he is pushed off his land. Jan 28, 2017. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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An artisanal gold mine in Ressaca, a Garimpero mining community where th...
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An artisanal gold mine in Ressaca, a Garimpero mining community where the Belo Sun mine is planned to be built. Jan 28, 2017.
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Henriques P. Morois, 20, heads out to fish on the Xingu River. Fishing h...
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Henriques P. Morois, 20, heads out to fish on the Xingu River. Fishing has sustained the Juruna of the Volta Grande for decades, both for sustenance and for commerce. Since the completion of the Belo Monte Dam they have seen fish populations plummet and one ornamental fish they once caught and sold for good money, the Zebra Pleco, which only lives on this one stretch of river, is now endangered and prohibited to fish. Dec 8, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Caboco Juruna from the Juruna village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indige...
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Caboco Juruna from the Juruna village of Miratu fishes for Acarí on the Xingu River. This part of the Xingu River has had it's water flow blocked by the newly completed Belo Monte Dam, severely damaging the fishing livelihoods of the people. The Juruna are now worried that the construction of the Belo Sun gold mine on the Volta Grange will further damage their way of life. Dec 11, 2016 Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Caboco Juruna from the Juruna village of Miratu in the Paquiçamba Indige...
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Caboco Juruna from the Juruna village of Miratu, fishes for Acarí on the Xingu River. This part of the Xingu River has had it's water flow blocked by the newly completed Belo Monte Dam, severely damaging the fishing livelihoods of the people. The Juruna are now worried that the construction of the Belo Sun gold mine on the Volta Grange will further damage their way of life. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision
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Henriques P. Morois, 20, fishes on the Xingu River. Fishing has sustaine...
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Henriques P. Morois, 20, fishes on the Xingu River. Fishing has sustained the Juruna of the Volta Grande for decades, both for sustenance and for commerce. Since the completion of the Belo Monte Dam they have seen fish populations plummet and one ornamental fish they once caught and sold for good money, the Zebra Pleco, which only lives on this one stretch of river, is now endangered and prohibited to fish. Dec 8, 2016. Foto: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Alexia Foundation | Univision