The World Indigenous Games was arguably the most hotly anticipated international event in 2015. And for good reason: It’s not every day that 2000 Indigenous men and women come together from all corners of the globe.
However, there was a side to the Games that most of us never got to see amidst the media’s constant promotion of friendly cultural exchanges, festivities and games peppered with reviews of indigenous fashion trends that have lasted thousands of years. Only occasional seconds of protests and banners reading "PEC 215 NÃO!" would fly across our screens to little affect. Very few would come to realize that Brazil enacted major anti-indigenous legislation while the world was busy looking stage left.
Behind the cameras, a groundswell of networks and organizations came together to issue the Palmas Manifesto condemning the opportunistic approval of PEC 215, a law that government officials repeatedly promised to send to history’s trash bin.