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Indigenous people attend the ceremony of the lighting of the Indigenous Sacred Fire in Cuiaba November 8, 2013. 48 Brazilian Indigenous tribes will present their cultural rituals and compete in traditional sports such as archery, running with logs and canoeing during the XII Games of Indigenous People which takes place from November 8 to 16. (PAULO WHITAKER/REUTERS)

Best pictures from November 8

Participants in the Indigenous Games watch during the opening ceremonies, November

During his life, Mendes fought for the rights of rubber tappers in his native Acre, Brazil, and for the protection of the Amazon forests on which their livelihoods depended. Mendes’ struggle led to profound change in his country, not least of which was the recognition of property rights of forest peoples over their resources, setting the stage for more environmentally sustainable management of Acre’s forests.

It’s impossible to talk about forests in Acre, Brazil, without mentioning the state’s home-grown hero: rubber-tapper, union-leader and Amazo.

Quilombo Brejo dos Crioulos

Quilombo Brejo dos Crioulos

YannArthusBertrand2.org - Fond d'écran - mer d’Aral, région d’Aralsk, Kazakhstan (46°39’ N – 61°11’ E).

YannArthusBertrand2.org - Fond d'écran - mer d’Aral, région d’Aralsk, Kazakhstan (46°39’ N – 61°11’ E).

Canada, Quebec, Gaspe Peninsula, Perce Rock, With Crescent Moon | by Chris Cheadle

Canada, Quebec, Gaspe Peninsula, Perce Rock, With Crescent Moon Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Chris Cheadle

Canada, Quebec, Gaspe Peninsula, Perce Rock, With Crescent Moon Photograph

小野篁があの世へ行き来した井戸★六道珍皇寺

小野篁があの世へ行き来した井戸★六道珍皇寺

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Village near Lokwakangole, Kenya on the shores of Lake Turkana and woven palm-frond homes by Michael Poliza

Nos quilombos da Amazônia

Nos quilombos da Amazônia

Yawanawa indigenous people dancing. Cultural traditions. Brazil.

Yawanawa indigenous people dancing. Cultural traditions. Brazil.

Quilombo de Jauari, Outubro de 2009, fotos de Luiz Guilherme Fernandes

Quilombo de Jauari, Outubro de 2009, fotos de Luiz Guilherme Fernandes