September 02, 2015
Brazil hosts indigenous games
A Maori team is planning to join more than 2000 other athletes from 25 countries at the first World Indigenous Games in Brazil next month.
Leader Harko Brown says as well Olympic sports like swimming and athletics, the tournament will include competitions and demonstrations of traditional indigenous games.
The Maori team will demonstrate a range of games including kiorahi as well as kapa haka and mau rakau.
Mr Brown says games are a significant part of Maori culture, and he has identified more than 300 nga taonga takaro or games of the ancestors.
The games will be held in Palmas in central Brazil, which was created 26 years ago as the capital of the state of Tocantins.
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