A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Cruising the Nile, Egypt
9th November 2011
Representatives from over 30 ethic groups turned up to compete in the Indigenous Nations' Games in Brazil, which kicked off this week for the 11th year running
The Indigenous Nations' Games began in Porto Nacional, in the state of Tocantins in Brazil this week and will run until 12 November 2011.
The event aims to encourage the preservation and celebration of native sports, rather than stark competition. The games do not name a champion nor give ranking, rather “winners” are presented with hand-carved medals made from natural materials taken from local forests.
The games were inaugurated in 1996, and is considered to be the biggest indigenous sporting event in the world. Currently 1,400 Brazilian Indian athletes, from over 30 different ethic groups, partake in the games, but it is hoped that the event will turn international, with entrants coming from Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Ten traditional and Western events are currently incorporated into the games, with male and female categories. Native-style wrestling, in which the competitor must knock down the opponent, and the tree-trunk foot race, where runners must carry a 90kg tree trunk on their shoulders, are two popular events. Other activities include archery, swimming, river crossing, and “huka huka”, a type of soccer in which players must only use their head and not allow the ball to touch the ground.
The Brazilian government has spent over £460,000 on the event, an amount dwarfed by the billions the government plans to spend by hosting the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Check out our Brazil travel guide for inspiration | Plan a trip... More
9 ways to avoid the London Olympics | Inspire me... More
Discover the real Brazil in Salvador | Destinations... More
Brazilian jungle is child's play | Advice... More
A beginner's guide to South America | Destinations... More
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login or get more from Wanderlust - register today!
Guide to meeting the locals, homestays and community-based tourism, including homestay contacts, local guides and community-based travel advice
Brazil travel guide, including map of Brazil, top Brazilian travel experiences, tips for travel in Brazil, plus where to dance at Carnival and spot wildlife in
Hokkaido is Japan’s wild frontier, especially in winter, when cars must be swapped for snowmobiles and huskies, cranes dance, hot springs steam and the sparkling Sapporo Snow Festival comes to town
Pushkar Fair is your chance to see Rajasthan at its colourful, chaotic, camel-trading best. Intrigued? India specialist Vasu Bhardwaj from Transindus gives us the lowdown...
There are around 150 million tribal people living across the globe – but for how long? We look at the indigenous groups that are on the verge of extinction
These impressive organisations are leading the way in Thailand's sustainable tourism industry
Japan has created its 16th annual national holiday, to celebrate its national beauty and help ease its citizens' stress levels
Around 2.4 million acres of remote public land in the Amazon have been established as two new protected areas by the Brazilian government
Simply select the destination you’re interested in or the activities you’re looking
for and we’ll send your request to a select panel of tour operators.
Each operator will respond to your request individually. Your details remain private
and are not disclosed to any partners unless you decide to proceed with a booking.
Save 5% on travel insurance with Insure & Go
Best value Northern Lights offer yet
Save up to £600 per couple on a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica with Llama Travel
Wanderlust sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web
exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!
I have read and agree to the Terms &
Where in the world are you? Add
#wanderlustmag to your tweets and share your latest travel adventures with
fellow Wanderlusters on wanderlust.co.uk
Get to know Wanderlust on facebook and bring all your travel-minded friends, too