Irakatakoa, an Awá man, was born in the forest, before his family was contacted in the 1980s. Forced contact and the destruction of the Awá's forest were the catastrophic consequences of the Grande Carajás project, when mining giant Vale and the military dictatorship built the world’s largest iron ore mine in the Brazilian Amazon. Here Irakatakoa recounts his life story, and speaks about the devastating impacts of the Carajás mine that the Awá still live with. -- Keep updated about Survival's campaigns: -- #TribalVoice is a project by Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples. More than one hundred and fifty million people in over sixty countries live in tribal societies. From the Amazon to the Kalahari, from the jungles of India to the Congo rainforest, Tribal Voice gives them a platform. They experience appalling racism and genocidal violence. Their lands and resources are stolen for profit. Their ways of life are being deliberately and systematically destroyed. Here they speak out about what matters to them; watch, listen, and get involved: