Brazil's singing gauchos
26 June 2014 Last updated at 13:22 BST
Gaucho song festivals held in Brazil's southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul are colourful spectacles.
They are one of many activities that are part of a larger movement started to preserve and celebrate the culture and traditions of the Brazilian gauchos - the cowboys of the South American pampas.
Reporter Gwendolen von Einsiedel visited one such festival - and saw what the gaucho culture means to the people of modern southern Brazil.
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Audio and photography by Gwendolen von Einsiedel and Phil Clarke Hill.
Photofilm production by Paul Kerley.
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