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First-ever Indigenous World Games open in Brazil

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 01:25

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attends the opening of the first-ever World Indigenous Games where teams from 24 countries are competing. Gavino Garay reports.

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Eight months ahead of the Olympics, another type of international games kicks off in Brazil. It's the first-ever World Indigenous Games where some 24 Brazilian ethnicities and indigenous groups from dozens of countries from as far away as Mongolia are competing. And it was quite an opening ceremony. Brazil's embattled president, Dilma Rousseff, quietly presided over the Games and left without a word. Parliament is making moves to impeach her and her presence stirred tensions among some of the Brazilian participants. But others just enjoyed the Games for what they were. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) UNIDENTIFIED BRAZILIAN INDIGENOUS WOMAN, SAYING "I didn't know that there were so many indigenous people in the world. I thought there were only Brazilian indigenous groups. But today, I have discovered that there are indigenous people outside of Brazil too. These Games are very important for us indigenous people to show our culture." No modern-day sports here -- indigenous teams are competing in a range of traditional disciplines ranging from bow and arrow to tug of war and canoeing. Beyond the sport, the event is a moment for cultural interaction between all walks of life from around the globe.

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First-ever Indigenous World Games open in Brazil

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 01:25