Kamaiura - Wrestling

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Episode 1 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

Series following five athletic adventurers from the west as they compete for glory against tribal champions in some of the remotest corners of the globe, with the ultimate aim of being crowned the Last Woman Standing. They have just a week to master an indigenous sport, training and rituals, whilst eating and sleeping as their fellow competitors do.

In the first programme, the athletes take on Huka Huka wrestling with the Kamaiura tribe in Brazil. For 51 weeks of the year the women of the Upper Xingu live quiet, monotonous lives, cooking, cleaning and looking after the children. But once a year this all changes, and during the Yamurikuma festival the women of the tribe assume the roles of men for a week.

The climax of the festival is the annual wrestling competition. The fighting is the Huka Huka style, using the lower body, knees, legs and feet. The village is renowned for having the fiercest fighting women in the Xingu and there is prestige and pride at stake. Our athletes compete against the locals in a knock out contest, to prove that they too have what it takes.

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  • HERE COME THE GIRLS

    HERE COME THE GIRLS

    The athletes are painted up and ready to wrestle in the Kamaiura tribe

  • ALL BOUND UP

    ALL BOUND UP

    Natalie and Lesley have their legs bound in preparation for the Huka Huka wrestling

  • TREE SPIRITS

    TREE SPIRITS

    The athletes are dressed as tree spirits, modelled here by Alex, and perform a dance to ward off evil spirits.

  • GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY

    GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY

    Alex pins Anna down during wrestling practise

  • NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED

    NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED

    It gets too much for Nat during the Kamaiura blood letting ritual.

    Watch the Kamaiura blood letting ritual
  • THE KAMAIURA TRIBE

    THE KAMAIURA TRIBE

    The women of the Kamaiura tribe welcome the girls to their village

  • THE GIRLS GET PHYSICAL

    THE GIRLS GET PHYSICAL

    During the Last Woman Standing selection process the athletes were tested for physical strength and fitness.

    Watch the girls being put through their paces

Credits

Participant
Lesley Sackey
Participant
Anna Campbell
Participant
Alexandra Alam
Participant
Joni Swanston
Participant
Natalie Smith
Director
Jay Taylor
Producer
Sophie Todd
Executive Producer
Gary Hunter

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