Life Stories in Vila Da Ressaca

Publication Date: 09/15/2018 12:00

In the 1960s and 1970s, a secluded region known as Vila da Ressaca, in Volta Grande do Xingu, belonging to the municipality of Senador José Porfírio, southwest of Pará, was inhabited by about 6,000 people. A significant population, taking into account the access and infrastructure conditions of the location. Adventurers from all over the country came to the region during the metal rush (gold and others), betting on mining as an opportunity to get rich. 

Five decades later, the area now houses just over 200 families and is one of the most relevant communities in Volta Grande do Xingu. With the deployment of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant, it received investments in education, sanitation and healthcare. In addition to the structuring works, the location was also chosen to host the Volta Grande do Xingu Communication Center, an important space for dialogue and interaction between residents and Norte Energia.

Among future projects and memories of a distant past, "Dona" Noca, "Seu" Pirulito and "Seu" Lauro, some of the oldest residents, tell us a little about what it is like to live in the region.


With 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Joana Ferreira Brito, from Piauí, is a real fighter. At the age of 78, "Dona" Noca, as she is affectionately called by her family and neighbors in Vila da Ressaca, where she has lived for three decades, confides, with an unexpected smile, the longing for a large part of the family who have chosen to move away from the mining site and the community. "Nowadays, only one of my girls still lives with me. My other grandchildren and great-grandchildren moved to Altamira and Piauí". 


When Laurindo Antônio Costa moved from Maranhão to Vila da Ressaca 35 years ago, also seeking fortune, many of his fellow workers were unaware of the concern he had with his looks. As much as possible, while mining, he did not neglect his appearance. "I cared about my looks and was persistent", "Seu" Lauro, as he is known among current clients, admits. At 78, the first gold miner in Ressaca and former owner of a grocery store in the village now earns his living as a barber.
Fish transposition at the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant
(seria bom revisar o SRT do video – tem itens que podemos melhorar e usamos “fish transposition system” e não “fish passage” nas traduções