World’s First Indigenous Olympics in Brazil: Fire, Feathers, Fierce!

“What’s billed as the first “indigenous Olympics” kicked off Thursday with a raucous cultural mash-up that saw grimacing Maori warriors, gong-bearing Filipinos and feather-crowned tribespeople from Brazil preside over a traditional fire-lighting ceremony.” LatinofoxNews

Indigenous from the Kibatsa ethnic group leave their headdresses on the sidelines of a soccer game at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015-Oct. 31, 2015

Indigenous from the Kibatsa ethnic group leave their headdresses on the sidelines of a soccer game at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015-Oct. 31, 2015

Excerpt: World’s first ‘indigenous Olympics’ kicks off in remote Brazilian city. Latino Fox News

“The World Indigenous Games officially opens Friday, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to attend a lavish opening ceremony in the games’ host city, Palmas, a remote outpost in the sunbaked heart of Brazil.

A Kayapo Indian attends the cultural festival of the World Indigenous.Photo- todayonline.

A Kayapo Indian attends the cultural festival of the World Indigenous.Photo- todayonline.

Indigenous participants from all over the world. Photo-digitaljournal

Indigenous participants from all over the world. Photo-digitaljournal

Tribal representatives spontaneously broke into traditional song and dance as the media and other indigenous peoples from as far afield as Ethiopia and Mongolia formed tight, flashbulb-popping, iPhone-snapping circles around them.

Members of the Brazilian Kayapo Metykitre tribe compete in a tug-of-war. Photo-the guardian

Members of the Brazilian Kayapo Metykitre tribe compete in a tug-of-war. Photo-the guardian

Tough competition- Members of the Brazilian Enawene-Awe indigenous group compete. Photo-dailymail

Tough competition- Members of the Brazilian Enawene-Awe indigenous group compete. Photo-dailymail

A Maori man from New Zealand dances during the opening ceremony. Photo-ibtimes

A Maori man from New Zealand dances during the opening ceremony. Photo-ibtimes

A phalanx of Maoris from New Zealand, looking fierce with wide-eyed stares and menacing throat-slicing gestures, appeared to stand guard over the knot of Manoti men from Brazil’s central Mato Grosso state as they labored over the fire, finally emerging triumphant with a flaming torch.

Indigenous Protesters. Photo; riotimesonline

Indigenous Protesters. Photo; riotimesonline

The upbeat mood of the fire ceremony contrasted with the palpable anger at a protest earlier in the day by a small group of Brazilian indigenous people denouncing what they said was poor organization and unnecessary spending on the games. Narube Werreria said she saw the event as a bid to cover up the real situation of Brazil’s beleaguered indigenous populations.”

“The government is using the event to cover our eyes and say everything is all right here…But everything is not all right.” ~Narube Werreria~Member of the Karaja tribe.

 

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