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Pork-knockers in the backdam

Heave Boys, Heave!
Brute strength and cunning rule out here. These men work for the boss-man who owns the dredge they pull. Some might have a share in the operation; others take their chances offering their daily labour on speculation that the boss-man's claim may hit pay dirt. Each day they face a myriad of occupational hazards including deafening dredges, powerful hydraulic monitors with the potential to whip out of control and kill in an instant, dengue fever from daytime-biting mosquitoes and the ever present threat of mercury. By night if it's not the drunken riot of a disaffected miner, then it's the evening's malaria-carrying mosquitoes that keep the Guyanese pork-knocker on their toes at all times.
[Kamwatta Creek, Eyelash backdam, The North West Districts, Guyana]

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Heave Boys, Heave! Brute strength and cunning rule out here. These men work for the boss-man who owns the dredge they pull. Some might have a share in the operation; others take their chances offering their daily labour on speculation that the boss-man's claim may hit pay dirt. Each day they face a myriad of occupational hazards including deafening dredges, powerful hydraulic monitors with the potential to whip out of control and kill in an instant, dengue fever from daytime-biting mosquitoes and the ever present threat of mercury. By night if it's not the drunken riot of a disaffected miner, then it's the evening's malaria-carrying mosquitoes that keep the Guyanese pork-knocker on their toes at all times. [Kamwatta Creek, Eyelash backdam, The North West Districts, Guyana]

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