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Brazil’s president hopes new Rio museum dedicated to science will be a must see site

RIO DE JANEIRO—In this city graced with striking granite rock formations known around the world, a new science museum is angling for the title of must-see destination. The Museum of Tomorrow, inaugurated Thursday, is a mammoth structure designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and has elicited comparisons with the skeleton of an enormous whale …

Indigenous Games bring fashion to Brazil’s interior

PALMAS, Brazil (AP) — Forget New York, Milan or even Paris: With nearly 2,000 native people from around the world rocking their finest traditional garb at the World Indigenous Games, there’s not a catwalk in the world that can compete with this dusty agricultural outpost. Awash in a riot of tropical feathers, draped in endless …

Brazil ‘Beauty Parade’ celebrates indigenous women

PALMAS – Adelma Simoes Madeira adjusted her feathered headdress and took a deep breath before stepping out onto the red carpet. After all, this foray into the spotlight wasn’t just about her. Madeira was representing her people. A 16-year-old from the Terena people of central Brazil, with wide-set eyes and an even wider smile, Madeira …

Cross cultural sharing supersedes sport at 1st World Indigenous Games in Brazil

PALMAS, Brazil—Supersized Maori from New Zealand, diminutive Aeta from the Philippines and native peoples of all shapes and sizes in between tested their mettle at the first World Indigenous Games, a chaotic, kaleidoscopic celebration of first peoples from around the globe. Organizers billed the nine-day event as a sort of indigenous Olympics. But for many …

Amazon boat trips beckon World Cup visitors

MANAUS, Brazil — Light plays off the Solimoes River, duplicating the verdant canopy of the Amazon rainforest on the water’s surface. The landscape that glides by the Almirante Barbosa is breathtaking, but almost no one aboard the boat pays attention. Nearly all the passengers doze in dozens of hammocks strung from the boat’s rafters, lulled …

World Cup’s most exotic city awaits tourist influx

MANAUS, Brazil — Death by giant snakes, malarial mosquitoes or drug-addled, knife-wielding thieves: If the barrage of blood-soaked headlines in the British tabloids is to be believed, that’s what awaits soccer fans travelling to the most exotic of Brazil’s World Cup host cities, the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus. Despite Manaus’ far-flung location in the heart …

Brazilian town celebrates Carnival with mad, muddy street party

  PARATY, Brazil – Extravagant costumes need not apply at the “Bloco da Lama” Carnival street party, where revelers dispense with pirate, princess and devil disguises in favour of thick, head-to-toe layers of black mud. Thousands of revelers, their bikinis and shorts invisible beneath the black coating and their hair frozen into mud Mohawks, danced, …