of Rondonia, Brazil
(Click on the text to hear the .mp3 files)
1. Radio Ribeiralta:
We are listening to the radio of our pilot who is taking us up
the Guapore River. These radio programs are the only form of news
in remote section of the Amazon. And the people living way out
there listen intently for news of their friends and loved ones.
2. Military parade
in Costa marques, on the Bolivia/Brazil border.
3. The sound of
hundreds of herons at the confluence of the Guapore and Mamore
4. In the town of
Guarjara-Mirim, along the Bolivia-Brazil border, a rubber tapper
(seringuerio) sings a song about tapping rubber. He is singing
this song on the boat of one of the seringalistas, a rubber baron
who employs this man and hundreds of others to tap the rubber
trees on the seringalista's land.
Senor Miranda talking wiht his rubber tapper.
6. Another song
of a woman named Isabel, singing a rubber tapping song that her
brother Leandro has written, about being a rubber tapper. This
was recorded in Guajara-Mirim in a small house.
7. Isabel singing
another song her brother wrote.
8. Leandro, Isabel's
brother, singing a song he wrote, without a guitar.
9. Leandro and Isabel
10. Macurap Indians
singing on the Guapore river. "I'm going to talk to my grandson
said the grandfather alligator."
11. On a large
gold mining area called Tamborete, a gold miner, garimpeira, sings
"Mancha do ouro," a song he has written about being
a gold miner. He is playing a guitar around a fire at night after
spending all day diving off a crude raft for gold.
12. Sounds of the
Tamborete, a huge gold mining area on the Madeira River. This
sound is the motor of the machine that sucks the gold through
a large tube up off the bottom of the river where the diver is
working. The gold comes up to the raft, mixed with sand, and is
filtered on the raft.
13. In the gold
mining area of Tamborete on the Madeira River, in a bar, with
many gold miners, this record is playing on the record player
as the gold miners drink their drinks.
14. Sounds of the
cicadas winding up in the jungle, midday.
15. Sound of the
Devil's Railroad, the restored Madeira Mamore Railway engine and
cars travelling twenty miles of the restored track. The Devil's
Railroad was built to get rubber out of Bolivia and down river
into Brazil and to the market. The Railroad was lying unused in
the jungle for decades. We took a ride on the old steam engine
on the few miles of track that has been restored.
16. On the boat,
Caldeirao do Inferno, a rapid on the Madeira River. These "taxis"
take miners through the rapids to the gold mining areas. Very
dangerous to run some of these rapids, but they know exactly where
to navigate through the big rocks.
17. Frogs on the
Poca Nova River. When we pulled over to tie up at night, we heard
the river frogs. Bull frogs. We put our mosquito netting on so
we wouldn't be bitten by the insects.