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Why Amazon Tribes Are Losing the Fight Against New Dams – Again

November 03, 2015

This article is adapted from the Fall 2015 print edition of Americas Quarterly. To subscribe, please click here

As our boat nudged down the Tapajós river, the hypnotic sameness of the Amazon was shattered by the splash of small bodies.

A half-dozen children from the local Munduruku tribe had been dangling from trees along the river’s shore. Seeing us approach, they jumped into the dark water, clambered aboard our boat, and began examining whatever caught their eye:...

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