Garimpeiros: The Wildcat Gold Miners of the Amazon Rainforest

The UCSB Library presents an exhibition of photographs of illegal gold mines in the Brazilian Amazon.  Curated by Jeffrey Hoelle, UCSB Associate Professor of Anthropology.  UCSB LIBRARY, Ocean Gallery, through 8/31/18. 


"Jeff is in the house" discusses the spatial and conceptual boundaries that separate humans and animals in the Amazon, and how sometimes those distinctions get fuzzy.  Published in the Agricultural Co-involution series of the Culture and Agriculture Section of the AAA.  

Gold Glimmers in the Amazon, a photo essay on life in the illegal gold camps of the Brazilian Amazon, was recently published in Sapiens  The piece was written with Geographers Peter Richards and Michael Klingler and based on fieldwork conducted in the mines in the summer of 2015.  Michael's striking photographs of the mining process and the garimpeiros (miners) are worth a look.  

The Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) has awarded UC Santa Barbara anthropologist Jeffrey Hoelle top honors for his book “Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in Western Amazonia” (University of Texas Press, 2015). Full article from the UCSB Current.

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  1. September 15, 2016 - 2:45pm