Xikrin men and women gather in a house in the Amazon rainforest to have their bodies painted. The Xikrin are fighting against construction of the Belo Monte - the world’s third largest dam - being built a few miles away on the mighty Xingu River.
"We have to fight until the government changes, and if it doesn’t change it’s over. Maybe things won’t change until the day we put an indigenous person in power."
- Mukuka Xikrin, Indigenous Leader in Brazil’s Xingu Region
VCP is working with the Xikrin tribe of the Brazilian Amazon to document lifestyles and traditions affected by the construction of the Belo Monte Mega-dam. Over the next year, we will be working closely with this group—first locally as we conduct interviews, make recordings, take photographs, and complete our documentary research. Then we’ll create articles, a photo book, advocacy pieces, lesson plans, and more, explaining what’s at stake for the Xikrin.
To learn more about the threats to the Xikrin people, check out this page.
Eva, a Xikrin girl, poses for a portrait. Her village is located very close to the area of the Xingu River that will be dried from the Belo Monte Dam, affecting everything from fishing to transportation.
Xikrin men, women, and children gather on the banks of the Bacaja River at the end of a hot Amazonian day. A few miles away on the Big Bend of the Xingu River, construction of the world’s third-largest dam is peaking this year. As the dam nears completion, the Xikrin have already seen a negative impact on fish populations, and scientists warn of a lowered water table that could dry out this area of the river.