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Indigenous people from around the world gather in Brazil for their own 'Olympics'
The World Indigenous Games officially opens Friday, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to attend a lavish opening ceremony in the games' host city, Palmas, a remote outpost in the sunbaked heart of Brazil.
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Kuikuro Indians dance during the ceremony of the sacred fire of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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A Maori from the New Zealand performs during the ceremony of the sacred fire of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Karaja indigenous woman Narube Werreria protests the World Indigenous Games outside the arena in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Protesters denounced what they said was poor organization and unnecessary multi-million dollar spending on the games, saying the money would be better spent on improving the conditions of Brazil's impoverished indigenous peoples. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Gaviao indigenous women cheers on their soccer team at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the Games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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EDS NOTE NUDITY - Indigenous women of the Kayapo ethnic group attend the cultural festival of the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Palmas is the host city for the first World Indigenous Games that will showcase traditional sports with the participation of more than 2,000 indigenous athletes from around the world. The event begins Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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A Manoti Indian attends the ceremony of the sacred fire of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Kayapo Indians take pictures during the cultural festival of the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Palmas is the host city for the first World Indigenous Games that will showcase traditional sports with the participation of more than 2,000 indigenous athletes from around the world. The event begins Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Gaviao indigenous children watch a soccer game during the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the Games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Indigenous from the Kibatsa ethnic group leave their headdresses on the sidelines of a soccer game at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Billed as the indigenous Olympics, the Games are expected to attract nearly 2,000 athletes from dozens of Brazilian ethnicities, as well as from such far-flung nations as Ethiopia and New Zealand. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Tupi Guarani indigenous Chief Doran Guarani speaks during protest against the World Indigenous Games outside the arena in Palmas, Brazil, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Protesters denounced what they said was poor organization and unnecessary multi-million dollar spending on the games, saying the money would be better spent on improving the conditions of Brazil's impoverished indigenous peoples. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Indigenous people from around the world gather in Brazil for their own 'Olympics'

The World Indigenous Games officially opens Friday, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is expected to attend a lavish opening ceremony in the games' host city, Palmas, a remote outpost in the sunbaked heart of Brazil.

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