The World Indigenous Games

Brazil recently hosted the World Indigenous Games, a new international event in which 2,000 athletes competed from 30 countries. Many of the competitions were very different from what will take place in the same country during Summer Olympics 2016, others familiar.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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A girl from the Xambioa tribe arrives to participate in the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 20. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Indigenous people of several tribes watch a presentation by Indigenous people from Kuikuro before the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 21. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A man watches fireworks during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 24. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Men from the Tabajara tribe talk in front of Sports Arena before the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 21. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Participants attend a ceremony on the eve of the first World Indigenous Games on Oct. 22 in Palmas, Tocantis, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Indigenous men from the Xerente tribe warm up before a soccer match against Pataxo indigenous tribe during the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 23. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A man takes part in the opening ceremony of the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 23. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A woman carries a painted log during the opening ceremony of the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 23. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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An indigenous man from Canada dances during opening ceremony of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 23. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games are expected to attract athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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Participants in the opening ceremony of the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples cast their shadows in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 23. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A Brazilian indigenous child looks on as he attends an event of the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 31. The multisport event, with over 2,000 participating indigenous athletes from 30 countries from all over world, runs until Nov. 1. (Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA)
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Indigenous people are seen watching fireworks during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on Oct. 24, in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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A Brazilian woman attends a cultural event at the World Indigenous Games on Oct. 24 in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Indigenous men compete during the I World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Tocantins, on Oct. 24. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indigenous women get ready before the indigenous beauty contest of the I World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Tocantins, on Oct. 24. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
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Brazilian indigenous natives participate in the tug-of-war competition of the first World Indigenous Games on Oct. 25, in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Indigenous people take part in the I World Indigenous Games opening ceremony in Palmas, Tocantins, on Oct. 23. (Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)
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A man from Nicaragua takes part in the spear throwing competition at the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 25. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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Brazilian Pataxos natives celebrate their victory in the sport of archery on Oct. 25, in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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A Brazilian Bororo is seen in front of the moon at the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 26. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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Gaviao children play with a Barbie doll during the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 26. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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A man from the Paresi tribe tries to head the ball during the Jikunahati competition, a form of soccer played with one's head, at the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 26. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Indigenous people participate in the 100 meters Rustic Race competition during the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 26. The multisport event, with over 2,000 participating indigenous athletes from 30 countries from all over world, ended Nov. 1 (Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA)
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Brazilian indigenous prepare for a indigenous beauty parade during World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil on Oct. 24. Rail-thin or thick-waisted, swathed in scarfs and ankle-length skirts or wearing only a thong bikini bottom and bodypaint, they incarnated the cannons of beauty of first peoples from across Brazil and as far afield as Panama and French Guyana. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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A Brazilian indigenous native practices canoeing during the first World Indigenous Games on Oct. 25, in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Indigenous women from several tribes pose for photos after participating in a parade of indigenous beauty during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 29. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A indigenous boy from Gaviao tribe plays in the sand during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 28. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Women from the Kamayura tribe take part in a demonstration of Huka Huka fight at the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 29. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A man from Mexico performs a Mexican game known as La Batalla (hockey-like game using a fireball) during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 26. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Indigenous men from the Kamayura tribe take part in a demonstration of an indigenous Kamayura game at the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 29. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A woman competes in a swimming competition during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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A player from Canada, Brittany Harry, right, disputes the ball with indigenous player from Brazil’s Xerente, Socorro Xerente, during a soccer game at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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Indigenous women from the Xerente tribe of Brazil celebrate after a soccer match against an indigenous team from Bolivia in the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Women compete in the 100 meter during the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA)
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A man from the Tabajara tribe of Brazil washes his hands in a bathroom during the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Indigenous men from the Xerente tribe of Brazil react during a soccer match against an indigenous team from Bolivia at the I World Games for Indigenous People in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)
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Maori women of New Zealand take part in the proof of the force cable of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 31. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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A Brazilian Pacre Hawk indigenous man, right, fraternizes with a Maori participant from New Zealand after the proof of the force cable competition during the final games of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Oct. 31. (Eraldo Peres/Associated Press)
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