Due to Día do Indio – The day of the indigenous which is celebrated on 19th of April in Brazil every year, a new event has been introduced: The Games of Indigenous Communities in Rondonia during 20-22 of April. So this was thus a historic moment to witness an event like this happen for the very first time.
To the stadium in the city of Espigão do Oeste, indigenpus people from Suruí, Cinta Larga and Apurinã were invited to attend and meet each other in different sports such as soccer, longbow and tug of war. The public was also welcome to watch this event, such as schools and various political and non-governmental organizations that work closely with indigenous populations in the state such as Kanindé. The event began in the evening with a formal introduction, politicians mingled with indigenous leaders representing introduced themselves and talked about the importance of respecting and recognizing indigenous peoples’ traditional way of life and value. The teams consisted of the people of the different villages had all dressed up in traditional clothes, colorful feathers and beautiful body paintings. In the days that followed competed the both women and men from the villages, others were cheering in the audience. As a ‘non-indigenous’ person you also got to test the longbow, get tibal bodypaint and buy handmade jewelry.
It is an event that has a lot of potential to develop and become really good. The idea behind this setting is to show a part of the rich domestic culture that so few people know today and open up for a cultural exchange, creating a platform where you can share your pleasure together. In particular, a unique opportunity is given to acquainting indigenous peoples on a more personal level and breaking any prejudices. It also gives chance for Suruí, Cinta Larga & Apurina to be incorporated and become more of an equivalent part of Brazilian society.