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Garimpeiros The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest

Gold Towns

After the gold has been distributed, most miners go to a currutela, or gold miners’ village, to sell their share and celebrate. This scene, from early evening, shows the calm before the party begins at one of the cabarets, which are also brothels. Currutelas spring up when gold is found, and turn into ghost towns when the mines run dry. Garimpeiros are always tuned in to the fofoca, or gossip, telling of new strikes and will leave at a moment’s notice. Even in these precarious conditions, people manage to create a sense of community and use the limited supplies they have to create new inventions, such as these vehicles.