Battle for the Xingu

The Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, is home to over 10,000 indigenous people who rely on the surrounding ecosystem for survival. However, the Brazilian government, keen to develop the region, is pushing what would be the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam, threatening to destroy the biodiversity of the Xingu River basin and deprive these people of their rights to a sustainable future.

Cultures of Resistance was in Altamira in 2008 for the Xingu Alive Encounter—one of the largest-ever gatherings of indigenous Brazilians—to witness the spectacular determination of the Amazon people to protect their way of life.

Today, plans to build the dam continue. Thankfully, so do the protests.

You can watch our short film, "Battle of the Xingu," below.

To learn more about the campaign to stop the Belo Monte Dam—and how you can get involved— visit our action page.

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