Mundialito by Andrea Fantini
Mundialito is the nickname of one of the most important indigenous football cups in South America. The event started in 1992 and currently gathers 80 men’s and 32 women’s teams from Peruvian, Bolivian and Colombian Amazonian communities in a 12-day championship.
However, its importance goes far beyond the football championship. The Mundialito is a place where bonds between the indigenous communities are consolidated. Dances and celebrations are essential parts of this competition, which fulfils an important social and political function of resistance and empowerment against the disintegrating forces acting on the native Amazonian communities.