First ever World Indigenous Games climaxes as kaleidoscope of ethnic cultures

All the events of this particular sports meeting are original and hark back to ages past.

Sportswomen finish their sprint on sand bare-footed, not on plastic track with Nikes or Adidas shoes on.

The Rugby-like event is attended by half-naked males and females, without all those glamorous armors usually seen in a commercial match.

Male competitors in the field race are bare-footed too, but carrying a log.

The tug of war is contested by strong women with mythical totems on their faces.

The arrow is shot to the fish target segmented for different scores.

The wrestling is fierce and flesh against flesh, but always ends in friendly gestures.

And the javelin throwing almost equals a duel between two men fighting for the ownership of a girl next door or a piece of land.

The essence and particularity of the first ever World Indigenous Games climaxed on Oct. 29 in the agricultural town of Palmas in Brazil’s southern state of Parana.

From Oct. 23 to Nov. 1, around 1,800 ethnic contestants from over 20 countries and regions are gathering here to compete in 10 events, which evolved from the Indigenous People’s Games first held in Brazil in 1996.

In the near future, the organizers plan to promote the competition into an Indigenous Olympics, which will hopefully be a boon for the 370 million indigenous people worldwide.

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