The World Indigenous Games

The first World Indigenous Games is underway in Palmas, Brazil, having kicked off on October 23. Also billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games include 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian tribes, as well as indigenous groups from 22 other countries—from the United States and Russia, to New Zealand and Ethiopia. Sporting events include some Western-style competitions like soccer, and many indigenous traditional games—some played competitively, many played as demonstration events. The games run through November 1. [29 photos total]

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A Native American from the United States takes part in the bow and arrow competition at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, on October 26, 2015. The event, which comes one year after Brazil played host to soccer’s World Cup and ahead of next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, kicked off on Friday. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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In this Friday, October 23, 2015 photo, people from various ethnic groups and countries dance during the opening ceremony of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Indigenous people carry a torch of the sacred fire during the opening ceremony of the first World Indigenous Games on October 23, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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An indigenous man from the Pataxo tribe watches a relay race where the contestants carry tree trunks during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on October 27, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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An indigenous man from Canada dances during the opening ceremony of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, on October 23, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Indigenous people watch fireworks during the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on October 24, 2015. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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A Brazilian Bororo Indian stands before a full moon at the World Indigenous Games on October 26, 2015. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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Maori from New Zealand take part in the parade of indigenous beauty at World Indigenous Games on October 24, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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An indigenous girl from the Xambioa tribe arrives to participate in the World Games for Indigenous People on October 20, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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A Maori man from New Zealand dances during the opening ceremony of the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on October 23, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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An indigenous woman carries a painted log during the opening ceremony on October 23, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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Brazilian Gaviao indigenous shoot arrows with fire to light the torch at opening ceremony of the World Indigenous Games on October 23, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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A Brazilian indigenous woman attends a cultural event at the World Indigenous Games on October 24, 2015. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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Brazilian indigenous men practice during a cultural event at the World Indigenous Games on October 24, 2015. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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An indigenous man from Mongolia fires an arrow during the archery competition at the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on October 28, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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A Brazilian Parisi Indian plays traditional head football in Palmas, Brazil, on October 26, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Athletes representing the Xerente Brazilian tribe celebrate a goal against the Pataxo Brazilian tribe team in a soccer match during the World Indigenous Games on October 23, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Indigenous men from the Pataxo wait on the bench of reserves during a soccer match against the Xerente tribe on October 23, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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Women from the Xerente tribe take a picture before a soccer match in Palmas, Brazil, on October 23, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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Tobi Itauna, of the Tupi Guarani ethnic group, smokes his traditional pipe in the arena of World Indigenous Games on October 21, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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A Brazilian Bororo Indian attends a competition at the World Indigenous Games on October 26, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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A Gaviao Indian girl plays tug-of-war during the World Indigenous Games on October 26, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Brazilian indigenous natives participate in the tug-of-war competition on October 25, 2015, in Palmas, Brazil. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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Brazilian indigenous women prepare for a beauty parade in Palmas, Brazil, on October 24, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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An indigenous Russian woman plays a traditional instrument during a beauty parade on October 24, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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Women from the Kayapo, left, and the Erikbaktsaa ethnic groups take part in the parade of indigenous beauty at the World Indigenous Games on October 24, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #
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An indigenous woman participates in a parade called "International Indigenous Beauty" in Palmas, Brazil, on October 24, 2015. (Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters) #
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People watch a presentation of the various sporting disciplines included in the first World Games for Indigenous Peoples on October 24, 2015. (Buda Mendes / Getty) #
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A Brazilian woman from the Erikbaktsa ethnic group takes part in the parade of indigenous beauty on October 24, 2015. (Eraldo Peres / AP) #

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