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Os Sertões: A luta 1 (2005)
  • Title: Os Sertões: A luta 1
  • Alternate Title: Os Sertões: The struggle 1
  • Holdings: photo gallery, program, script
  • Duration: 06:03:55
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 2005
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Adão Filho, Adriana Capparelli, Adriana Viegas, Adriano Salhab, André Santana Lagartixa, Anna Guilhermina, Aury Porto, Camila Mota, Daniel Camilo, Danilo Tomic, Elenildo de Moura Uga, Fernando Coimbra, Fioravante Almeida, Francisco Rodrigues Rato, Fransérgio Araújo, Freddy Allan, Frederick Steffen Benfica, Gabriel Fernandes, Guilherme Calzavara, Ito Alves, Juliane Elting, Karina Buhr, Letícia Coura, Marcelo Drummond, Mariana de Moraes, Mariano Mattos Martins, Naomy Schölling, Otávio Ortega, Ricardo Bittencourt, Rodolfo Dias Paes – Dipa, Sálvio do Prado, Samuel de Assis, Sylvia Prado, Vera Barreto Leite, Wilson Feitosa Jr., Zé Celso Martinez Corrêa, Zé de Paiva; BIXIGÃO: Aneliê Schinaider, Ariclenes Barroso, Beiço – Gilmário Júnior, Cíntia Ingrid, Débora Santos, Edísio do Santos, Edna do Santos, Geni de Lira, Isabela Santana, Ivan Cardoso, Jacqueline Braga, Jhonatha Ferreira, Juliane Lira, Laene Santana, Luna Oliveira, Talita Martins, Thiago Martinho, Xandy
  • Credits: José Celso Martinez Corrêa, director; Camila Mota, assistant director; Catherine Hirsch, adviser; José Celso Martinez Corrêa, dramaturgy; Marcelo Pellegrini, musical direction and original soundtrack; Lira Paes, soundtrack direction (Luta I); Maura Baiocchi, Wolfgang Pannek, and Haroldo Alves, choreography; Marcello Drummond, lighting design; Elaine César and Marília Halla, video; Elisete Jeremias and Rodrigo Andreolli, stage directors; Osvaldo Gabrieli, art director and set design; Olintho Malaquias and Sônia Ushiyama, costume design; Ana Rúbia de Melo, Bia Fonseca, and Freddy Lopes, producers.

Os Sertões: A luta 1 (2005)

From 2000 to 2007, Teat(r)o Oficina Uzyna Uzona worked on the staging of Euclides da Cunha's epic book, Os Sertões, which describes the 19th Century War of Canudos in the Brazilian "sertão," lead by Antônio Conselheiro. The final result was a pentalogy, formed by the plays A Terra (2002), O Homem I (2003), O Homem II (2003), A Luta I (2005), and A Luta II (2006), totalizing 27 hours of theater. Os Sertões reads the episodes of the war in light of past and present Brazilian history, and in relation to the struggle of the group against media mogul Sílvio Santos, who wanted to tear down the historic theater to build a shopping mall.

Dedicated to "the poet Oswald de Andrade and to the businessman, showman, and actor Sílvio Santos," the third part of the book tells the causing incident of the war, when a judge from Juazeiro stopped a shipment of wood that was paid for from being delivered for the construction of the New Church of Canudos. Three expeditions were sent by the National Army and defeated, the last one commanded by the famous Colonel Moreira César. The Army faced the humiliation of soldiers deserting and running away, and the impaling of Colonel Tamarindo. He ended up being the main character in a macabre installation on the road to Canudos, created by the Jagunços (thugs from the sertão) and the Mandrakes to intimidate new expeditions. The first movement of A Luta is written in cordel verse (popular string literature form). A Luta I also amplifies the performance space, with trench houses from the invincible Canudos that effectively form a spinal cord in the runway, and the aerial spaces of the mutãs, hideouts used by the Indians in the top branches of trees to hunt the jaguar, which the followers of Antônio Conselheiro reinvented. Lirinha, a musician from the Pernambuco band Cordel do Fogo Encantado, brought his passion for soundtracks, recording sounds from the theater itself, and transforming them into shots, artillery, creating with music the vanguard of the fight. The physical space of the performance is extended to the world, with recorded images, sampled, embroidered, in the streets that surround the theater, in the dressing rooms, in places hidden from the direct sight of the audience, making live cinema.


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iconOs Sertões: A Luta I, program with script (POR) (7.21 MB)


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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/t76hdsxb



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  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph: The Spoken World

    Marc Bamuthi Joseph: The Spoken World

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja The Spoken World The Spoken World is a full evening of performance with United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and 2011 Alpert Award winner Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through choreopoem, Joseph articulates the story of achieving manhood in the United States through the lens of hip hop, global travel, and urban environmental health. Biography Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s most vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. Joseph developed several poetry-based works for the stage including Word Becomes Flesh and Scourge. Joseph has appeared as a commentator on NPR, and carried adjunct professorships at Stanford…

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  • Mapuche Theater Project: Pewma

    Mapuche Theater Project: Pewma

    Pewma The play is based on a particular type of dream, the pewma, which has the power of transmitting messages to its dreamer. The memory of the Mapuche people, heavy with the traumatic experience of genocide, is performed in the present through this dream. Biography The Mapuche Theater Project (led by Miriam Álvarez, Lorena Cañuqueo and Carolina Sorín) is a political theater project founded in 2001, framed within the general contemporary indigenous Mapuche movement in Bariloche, Río Negro province, Argentina.  

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  • Michelle Matlock: The Mammy Project

    Michelle Matlock: The Mammy Project

            The Mammy Project  Original solo work by Michelle Matlock, made up of a series of monologues which explores the influence that the icon, stereotype and myth of “Mammy” has had on contemporary American culture. Biography A native of Washington State, United States, Michelle Matlock graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She began developing her debut solo show The Mammy Project in 2001.  

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  • Monica Cabrera: The Victim's System

    Monica Cabrera: The Victim's System

      The Victim’s System We want to laugh at a problem that afflicts the population: the feeling of being a victim, of not being able to deal with circumstances or with a secret nature that forces us to complain. Performer and Wardrobe: Mónica Cabrera, Music and Graphic Design: Claudio Martini, Set: Bonet - Cabrera – Martini, Assistant Director: Ana Bonet, General Production: The Cabrera's Company, Executive Production: La Mosca Blanca. Biography Mónica Cabrera is an Argentinean director, actress and writer whose trajectory has included classical theater, popular theater and children’s theater. As an actress, she works in theater, film, television and…

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  • Nadia Granados/La Fulminante: Encuentro Trasnocheo

    Nadia Granados/La Fulminante: Encuentro Trasnocheo

    Photo/Foto: FRAN POLLITT La Fulminante Nadia Granados performs live re-creations of audiovisual materials, playing with obscene language, sexual material, and emancipatory content. She touches on themes related to globalization, the anti-imperialist struggle, and against the model of power relations imposed by the machismo that is so ingrained in Latin America. Biography Nadia Granados, La Fulminante, is a Colombian artist interested in the arts of space, movement, and the body such as video, pornography, magic, installation, and performance. Her work is characterized by the resignification of content extracted from mass media, mixed with themes related to the antiglobalization struggle.

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  • Navarrete X Kajiyama Dance Theater/ José Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama: The Revenge of Huitlacoche

    Navarrete X Kajiyama Dance Theater/ José Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama: The Revenge of Huitlacoche

      The Revenge of Huitlacoche Huitlacoche is a swollen black fungus that grows on ears of corn. A culinary delicacy in Mexico, it is considered a pest in the United States. This will be a multi-media performance about revolutionary acts, faith and survival, food sovereignty and dangerous border crossings. Biography José Navarrete & Debby Kajiyama are dancers based in Oakland, California (US). Their contemporary dance theater vocabulary has been enriched by their studies of Japanese percussion, Latin American social dances, and the cultural significance of the practice of these community-building art forms.

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  • Nirvana Marinho: Body in Another Body

    Nirvana Marinho: Body in Another Body

          Body in Another Body This choreography project arises from the need to question the ways dance is learned: imitation, copy, innovation, reproduction, creation. Biography Nirvana Marinho is a dancer and dance theorist. She is a member of the Dance Research, Education and Aesthetics Group at the UNESP, and of the Arts Creation Group at the PUC, Brazil.

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  • Núcleo Bartolomeu: Mestizo Orpheus

    Núcleo Bartolomeu: Mestizo Orpheus

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja Mestizo Orpheus: A Brazilian Hip-Hopera Mestizo Orpheus tells of the return of a politician to his past and his connection to military dictatorship. A phone call about the disinterment of the body of his companion, Eurydice, puts Orpheus in contact with a past that he has tried for years to forget. As a result of this conflict, the text inspired by the Orphic myths brings characters from throughout time onstage to guide Orpheus in his descent into hell. Biography Núcleo Bartolomeu de Depoimentos works with language at the union of hip hop and epic theatre to create…

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  • Pamela Sneed's 'America Ain't Ready'

    Pamela Sneed's 'America Ain't Ready'

    This is a video documentation of Pamela Sneed’s reading/spoken word ‘America Ain’t Ready,’ presented in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Sneed delivers scathing and raucously humorous commentary on some of the key issues of our time, taking her audience on a journey through popular culture, American politics, and the New York City underground scene of the '80s and '90s that insists on naming the unnamed and telling the untold. Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, performer, writer and actress. She is the author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery, published by Henry Holt (1998)…

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  • Pamyua: Live in Concert

    Pamyua: Live in Concert

    Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez Cancio Biography Arctic's (from Alaska and Greenland) performance group Pamyua reinterprets modern traditions of the Inuit and Yup'ik Eskimo through storytelling, music and dance. Pamyua performs Yup'ik danced stories that portray the traditions of the Yup'ik culture in Southwestern Alaska. The quartet also harmonizes ancient and original music that redefine the boundaries of Inuit expression. Pamyua's mixes R&B, jazz, funk, and world music to create a unique new native style. The performances are very dynamic, ranging from traditional dances to Tribalfunk dances – worldmusic.

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  • Patricia Ariza: Where are they? Living Memory. Women in the Public Square

    Patricia Ariza: Where are they? Living Memory. Women in the Public Square

    Photo/Foto: Mateo Rudas Where are they? Living Memory. Women in the Public Square This action will include 300 women, the majority of whom are victims and survivors of violence. Together with theatre and dance artists, they will create a living, active and poetic presence, staging an aesthetics of resistance. This event will help make visible to Colombia and to the world the disappearances and forced displacements, the systematic assassinations of political leaders in the country, and the youth who are presented as "false positives." Those who are missing will be remembered by walking through a series of panels which will…

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  • Quetzal Guerrero: Mélange of contemporary American performance

    Quetzal Guerrero: Mélange of contemporary American performance

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja   Biography Quetzal Guerrero carries the name "precious feather" in the Aztec-Nahuatl language. As a Suzuki trained violinist, he has studied and performed internationally since the age of 5, playing with legends such as Tito Puente, Lalo Guerrero and Jorge Santana. He is an accomplished visual artist and actor who trains with Axe Capoeira. As a champion street dancer with Sourpatch, he has appeared with H.T.Chen and Company of New York and was invited to perform with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is also a founding dancer at the Earth Dance Theater and awarded in The Naming Ceremony…

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  • Raúl Zurita: La vida nueva

    Raúl Zurita: La vida nueva

    This is a video documentation of the writing of the poem 'La Vida Nueva' in New York City's sky. For this 'performance-acción' or ‘poesía-acción’ (‘poetry-action’), five planes drew white smoke letters silhouetted over the blue sky. The poem was written in Spanish as form of recognition for all the minority groups all over the world. The photographs of this ‘poesía-acción’ are included in the book ‘Anteparaíso’ (‘Anteparadise,’ a bilingual edition, University of California Press, 1986). Raúl Zurita (Santiago de Chile, 1950) is a poet who, along with other artists, created the group CADA, Colectivo de Acciones de Arte, in 1979.…

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  • Reverend Billy: Reverend Billy Preaches

    Reverend Billy: Reverend Billy Preaches

    Reverend Billy Preaches Reverend Billy speaks to people about shopping, sin and salvation.  Biography Reverend Billy is a performer based in New York, United States. Director of the Church of Stop Shopping, a radical performance community that uses the styles of fundamentalist televangelism and works within the tradition of The Civil Rights Movement, The Liberation priesthood of Latin America and ACT-UP.

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  • Rocío Boliver: Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty

    Rocío Boliver: Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty

    photo/foto: Dexter Miranda Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative Beauty My proposal aims to demystify the horror of old age in an ironical way, inventing my own deranged aesthetic and moral solutions for the "problem of age." I hope my mockery of this absurd contemporary reality exposes a broken society based on looks and how old age became synonymous with insult. Biography Rocio Boliver (La Congelada de Uva) has been active in the actual international art circuit for the last 20 years. In 1991 she started her performance career with the reading of her porno-erotic texts, concentrating her proposals in…

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  • Rocío Boliver, La Congelada de Uva and Ana de Alba: Sonata for Pussyphone and Voice, opus 140

    Rocío Boliver, La Congelada de Uva and Ana de Alba: Sonata for Pussyphone and Voice, opus 140

    Photo/Foto: Frances Pollitt Sonata for Pussyphone and Voice, opus 140 A concert in four movements performed by a woman who uses a musical instrument called pussyphone (pepáfono)which is played with the vagina. This performance offers a reflection on cultural rights for all audiences. Biographies Rocío Boliver, La Congelada de Uva, has been active in the art world since 1992. She began her career as a performer in 1992 with a reading of her porno-erotic texts, focusing her critique on the repression of women. Ana de Alba is an opera singer, actress and musician who specializes in jazz.

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  • Secos y Mojados: Buried in the Body of Remembrance

    Secos y Mojados: Buried in the Body of Remembrance

                Buried in the Body of Remembrance The immigrant is a divided being. A being marked by having crossed to the other side, always conscious of “here” and “there,” “before” and “after.” After the moment of crossing, the immigrant is never the same. Biography Secos y Mojados is a Latino performance collective co-founded by Violeta Luna (Mexico), Víctor Cartagena (El Salvador), David Molina (Argelia/El Salvador) and its director, Roberto G. Varea (Argentina). Based in San Francisco, California (USA). Roberto Varea (director) was born in Argentina and lives in San Francisco, California, United States, since 1992.…

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  • Silvio de Gracia: Tortured Body / Recovered Body

    Silvio de Gracia: Tortured Body / Recovered Body

      Tortured Body / Recovered Body  This performance is based on the destructive actions that verge on self-agression to allude to the political violence and the flagellation of the Chilean social body under Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. Biography Silvio De Gracia is an interdisciplinary Argentinean artist. He is the director of HOTEL DaDA, a journal of mail art and visual poetry, and also organizes a video-art festival in Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

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  • Susana Baca: Live in Concert

    Susana Baca: Live in Concert

    Susana Baca: Live in Concert-2003 With Juan Mediano Cotito, Hugo Bravo Sanchez, David Pinto Pinedo, Serio Valdeos Bensa, and Fernando Hoyle de los Rios Biography Susana Baca is the foremost singer of Afro-Peruvian music. Her music, on Luaka Bop lable, has promoted an awareness of the many cultural contributions of African-Peruvians. Also to this aim, she and her husband Ricardo Pereira are the founders and co-directors of the Instituto Negrocontinuo in Lima.  

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  • Susana Baca: Live in Concert

    Susana Baca: Live in Concert

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja       Susana Baca: Live in Concert-2005   Biography Susana Baca, the Peruvian vocalist who became internationally renowned with "Maria Lando," a track in the 1995 David-Byrne-produced CD The Soul of Black Peru, has often been compared to Cesaria Evora, from Cabo Verde. It's not surprising; both women have found rich material in folk traditions of their countries, and both sing songs that are rooted in gloomy emotions: pain, nostalgia, longing. Susana Baca is not only one of the greatest divas in South America, she is a tireless researcher, and is largely responsible for the…

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  • Tania Bruguera: Untitled

    Tania Bruguera: Untitled

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Untitled (Bogotá, 2009) During the Encuentro Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Tania Bruguera presented 'Two Simultaneous Performances.'  Although their projects emerged from different geographical contexts and different performance languages, Bruguera and Gómez-Peña engaged in a 'performatic conversation' whose goal was to 'coexist and co-create a parallel, temporary universe' as 'an act of international reconciliation.' This is a video documentation of Tania Bruguera’s contribution to the conversation, 'Untitled (Bogotá, 2009),' presented as part of the artist's series around political stereotypes of specific countries. In this controversial piece, Bruguera brought together a panel of Colombian people who had been directly affected…

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  • Teatro Esquina Latina: Cuentos Eróticos Africanos

    Teatro Esquina Latina: Cuentos Eróticos Africanos

    Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez Cancio Cuentos Eróticos Africanos: El Decamerón Negro Cuentos Eróticos Africanos is based on The Black Decameron, a compilation of African folk stories by anthropologist Leo Frobenius. This is a shortened piece of the original production of Teatro Esquina Latina, with two actresses instead of the original four. The play is a spectacle of storytelling that creates the scene, for young people and adults, of the daily life, humor, and the game of love in the land that is Africa. Biography Teatro Esquina Latina is a cooperative student theatre group founded in 1973 at the Universidad del…

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  • Tito Vasconcelos: Martita, Primera Dama and others

    Tito Vasconcelos: Martita, Primera Dama and others

    Video documentation of Tito Vasconcelos' solo performance presented during the 2nd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in June of 2001 in Monterrey, Mexico under the title 'Memory, Atrocity and Resistance'. A parody of Mexican politics and a queering of the Mexican political landscape, in this performance, Vasconcelos is in 'drag' as Martita, President Vicente Fox's then partner, on her way to become First Lady of Mexico. Tito Vasconcelos is Professor of Theatre at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). His film credits include María Novaro's 'Danzón', and Jaime Humberto Hermosillo's 'Esmeralda Comes at Night' (English)…

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  • Trasnocheo for José

    Trasnocheo for José

    The Hemispheric Institute's 9th Encuentro, held at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, sought to explore the multiple valences of the term MANIFEST! How are performances mobilized and syncretized in civic, community, and cultural contexts to create manifold forms of political expression? How do public, theatrical events produce ‘evidence’ that manifests ideas otherwise invisible, hidden, or unspeakable? What new manifestations, manifestos, festivals, and manifs emerge via our changing visions of political spaces, intellectual arenas, and the everyday street? The 2014 Encuentro invited artists, activists, and scholars to engage with and investigate the aesthetic, social, and choreographic techniques that transform political ideas…

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  • Vicky Holt Takamine, ‘Îlio‘ulaokalani Coalition: Hula as Resistance

    Vicky Holt Takamine, ‘Îlio‘ulaokalani Coalition: Hula as Resistance

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Hula as Resistance The chants and dances that are used in this performance praise and honor native Hawaiians' gods and chiefs. They celebrate their beloved lands, and call for unity and solidarity. Biographies Vicky Holt Takamine is the founder and kumu hula (master teacher) of Pua Ali'i 'Ilima, a school of traditional Hawaiian dance. In addition, she teaches hula at UH Manoa and Leeward Community College. She graduated through the 'uniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai'i. Since 1997, she has coordinated…

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  • Violeta Luna: NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn

    Violeta Luna: NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja NK 603: Action for Performer & e-Corn This is a reflection on genetically-modified corn and its disastrous consequences for life—for the original natural species as well as for the communities that have cultivated corn since ancient times, developing entire cultures around it. Biography Violeta Luna is an actress and a performance artist. She obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro in Mexico City. Since 1998 she has been an associate artist of La Pocha Nostra under the direction of Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Her current work explores the relationship between theater, performance, and community…

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  • Violeta Luna: Requiem for a Lost Land

    Violeta Luna: Requiem for a Lost Land

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja Requiem for a Lost Land Requiem is a performative intervention, by way of ritual, to remember the murders committed during the “war on drugs” initiative implemented by Mexico’s central government. Requiem is an attempt, from the realm of performance art, to open with a coroner’s knife the discourse of death put forth by those in power under the guise of “national security.” Biography Violeta Luna is a performance artist and activist whose work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement, using her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political…

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  • Welcome Ritual

    Welcome Ritual

      Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez Cancio At the opening ceremony of the Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, led by the the Maxacalí (photo above) and the Kaiapó/Mebengokré from Brazil, representatives from indigenous groups from throughout the Americas exchanged dances, songs and words to welcome all the participants to the 10-day event.

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