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Tribes Gather For Brazil's Indigenous Games
The 12th Indigenous Games being held in Brazil's Amazon region is a cultural as much as athletic event that many are calling a "holistic" alternative to next year's World Cup.
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A Pataxo Indian celebrates after his tribe defeated their competitors in a tug of war competition during the 12th Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. More than 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes, as well as from more than a dozen other nations, descended this week on Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, for the games that end Saturday. All participants will earn "medals" carved from wood, seeds and other natural items. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Pataxo Indians gather during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Indian women participate in a tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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An Indian woman holds a sign that reads in Portuguese; "To take photos $2,00 Brazilian Reals," or about 90 US cents, during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Pataxo Indians celebrate as they watch one of their tribe members compete during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Paresi Indian women participate in a tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A Pataxo Indian takes part in the bow and arrow competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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An Assurini Indian takes part in the tug of war competition during the 12th Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. More than 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes, as well as from more than a dozen other nations, descended this week on Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, for the games that end Saturday. All participants will earn "medals" carved from wood, seeds and other natural items. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Bakairi Indians arrive for the tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A victorious Surui Indian lies exhausted on the field of a tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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In this Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 photo, boys stand on the sidelines of a meeting at the 12th Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil. More than 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes, as well as from more than a dozen other nations, descended this week on Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, for the games that end Saturday. All participants will earn "medals" carved from wood, seeds and other natural items. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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Indians dance during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Pataxo Indian men perform a traditional fight during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Indian men from various tribes wait in line for their turn in the bow and arrow competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Xerente Indians carry a tree trunk during a race at the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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AP10ThingsToSee - Gaviao Indians participate in a tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

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A Kraho Indian man carries a tree trunk during a race at the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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A Rikbaktsa Indian watches the bow and arrow competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Bororo Indians perform a traditional ritual during the 12th Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. More than 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes, as well as from more than a dozen other nations, descended this week on Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, for the games that end Saturday. All participants will earn "medals" carved from wood, seeds and other natural items. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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A Terena Indian takes aim in the bow and arrow competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. Around 1,600 Indians from 48 tribes are celebrating Brazil's indigenous cultures during the 12th edition of the Games of the Indigenous People, which runs until Nov. 16. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Tribes Gather For Brazil's Indigenous Games

The 12th Indigenous Games being held in Brazil's Amazon region is a cultural as much as athletic event that many are calling a "holistic" alternative to next year's World Cup.

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