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November 14, 2011
Brazil Indigenous compete in weeklong sports event
PORTO NACIONAL, Brazil (AP) -- More than 1,000 Indians celebrated Brazil's indigenous cultures with a weeklong sports competition in the northern city of Porto Nacional last week.
Brazil's federal Indian agency that cosponsors the games said they are one of the biggest indigenous sporting events in the Americas.
Thirty-eight ethnic groups from across the vast country competed in 10 events that included archery, football, swimming, spear throwing and canoeing. Many of the competitors were using their traditional dress and markings.(36 images)



A Kraho Indian carries a tree trunk as he races in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP


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A member of the Gaviao ethnic group pierces the lip of a boy during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A shaman of the Gaviao ethnic looks on after piercing the lips of two boys during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A woman walks under rain next to a house of the village where Indigenous athletes are staying during the Indigenous Games at the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A child of the Paresi ethnic group walks before performing a ritual dance during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Members of the Paresi ethnic group wait to perform a ritual dance during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Athletes compete in the canoeing event on the Tocantins River, during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Bariri, left, and Xerente Indians compete in a canoe race on the Tocantins River, during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Karajas Indians watch the canoe race competition on the Tocantins River, during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Friday Nov. 11, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Indians watch a women' soccer game between Kayapo and Kamayura Indians at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xerente Indians watch a final soccer game between the Xerente and Kaigang men's teams at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xerente Indian woman celebrate a goal during a final soccer match between the teams of Xerente Indians and Kaigang Indians at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xerente Indian woman celebrate a goal during a final soccer match between the teams of Xerente Indians and Kaigang Indians at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xerente Indian women run toward their men's soccer team players to celebrate their victory over the Kaigang Indians at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Gaviao Indians race with a tree trunk during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xavantes Indians race with a tree trunk during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Xerente and Gaviao Indians race carrying tree trunks during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Assurini Indians perform a sacred dance with traditional flutes during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Paresin Indian youth holds a soccer ball during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Umutina Indians warm up for a soccer game during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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An Umutina Indian, center, fights for the ball with Xicrin Indians during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Kamayura Indian, left, controls the ball under pressure from Xavante Indians, during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A mask in the likeness of a human skull adorns the back of a head piece worn by an Aztec dancer during a demonstration outside Mexico City's Legislative Assembly, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eduardo Verdugo / AP



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Kamaura Indian women cheer on athletes during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A young Pataxo Inidan couple attend the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Kamayura Indian competes in the archery event at the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Kamaura Indian women react as they watch people compete in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Guarani Kaiwa Indian gestures during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Matis Indian prepares to compete in the archery event during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Rikibaktsa Indians take pictures with cell phones during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Tembe Indian aims a spear as he competes in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Karaja Indian aims a spear as he competes in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Tapirape Indian aims a spear as he competes in the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Kamayura Indian practices traditional fishing during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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A Kayapo Indian combs her daughter's hair during the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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Tembe Indians attend the Indigenous Games on the island of Porto Real in the city of Porto Nacional, Brazil, Monday Nov. 7, 2011. Eraldo Peres / AP



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