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Indigenous women in Brasilia recently took center stage during a fashion event as part of the Third March of Indigenous Women, advocating for women’s rights and the demarcation of Indigenous lands. Under a grand white marquee, models adorned with headdresses, necklaces, and traditional attire confidently strutted down a lush catwalk, drawing cheers from a captivated audience armed with smartphones eager to share the event on social media.

Kajina Maneira da Costa, representing the Nukini people, expressed both nerves and pride in her role, highlighting the prevalence of prejudice they still face in breaking stereotypes through Indigenous fashion shows.

Célia Xakriabá, a federal lawmaker, donned a striking yellow dress and headdress and emphasized the event’s mission to “decolonize fashion.” She noted the significance of showcasing Indigenous creativity in clothing, headdresses, and ancestral heritage, emphasizing their involvement in politics through song and parade.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s tenure has seen a shift in focus towards Indigenous rights, in contrast to his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, who opposed such rights. Lula has overseen the demarcation of eight Indigenous territories and established the country’s first Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, led by Indigenous woman Sonia Guajajara.

The Third March of Indigenous Women, held from September 11 to 13, signifies the growing prominence of Indigenous women in Brazilian politics and within their communities. They are making their presence known, demanding recognition, and asserting their importance in defending their territories.

Re-reported from the article originally published by Eraldo Peres

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