Brazil to host inaugural World Indigenous Games this September

A Native archer in Brazil. Photo from Facebook

The inaugural World Indigenous Games will be held in Brazil this September.

The event grew out of the Indigenous Peoples' Games that draw members of tribes throughout the country. The Inter-Tribal Council wanted to open the competition to the world.

"It's a very important moment for Brazil,'' George Hilton, the nation's sports minister, told Reuters. "It's a time of exchanging knowledge and it's a good time to promote the indigenous peoples through the games.''

The games will be held September 18-27 in Palmas under the theme "In 2015, We Are All Indigenous." Hilton said 4,000 athletes from 22 countries will participate.

In related news, Dream Braga is hoping to become the first indigenous person in Brazil to compete in the Olympics, which are being hosted by the nation in 2016. He's on the national archery team.

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