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Garimpeiros The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest


Brabo came to the mines from the state of Maranhão when he was in his early 20s. Now thirty years later, he is a seasoned miner, even though his nickname is usually reserved for newcomers to the mines. Brabo means “angry” or “unbearable” in Portuguese, but in the mines it means “rookie” or “greenhorn”. He fondly remembers an eight-day stretch back in 1994 when he found 110 grams of pure gold. Like many of the miners, he has spent much of his earnings at the cabarets. Brabo still has ties to his family back home, but he is not ready to give up the mines yet, saying that he would like to find just a little more gold.
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The Miners