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Venezuela unveils pavilion plot

SOME South American Indians will welcome visitors to the Venezuela Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

The country unveiled the design of its national pavilion yesterday, with representatives saying it will embrace "sustainability, anticipation and democracy" with the theme "A Better Life, Better City."

The Yanomami, a tribe that has thrived in the rainforests of South America for thousands of years, would perform in the pavilion, said Facundo Teran, its chief architect.

The pavilion will also highlight other indigenous inhabitants of the country.

Ethnic community houses, such as the traditional Yanomami huts, or shaponos, will be built in the pavilion.

The houses depicted ways of life characterized by solidarity, living together, balance and respect for the environment -- concepts that should be embraced by all modern cities, said Teran.

The 3,000-square-meter pavilion will be in the geometric shape of a "Mobius strip," or an inverted cylinder.

The exhibition area will feature two-way audiovisual transmissions via satellite between Shanghai and Venezuela.

A live program of Venezuelan events will be broadcast.

Venezuelans will also be able to see what's happening in the Expo pavilion from large screens installed around their country.

A children's orchestra will perform regularly in a 286-seat theater of the pavilion,


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