Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Native Youth Olympics

Native Youth Olympics is about the spirit of our ancestors. Four-hundred youth from across Alaska compete in Anchorage to show their skills in traditional Native games. It first started in 1972, and it is based on Alaska's cultural heritage and promoting a healthy lifestyle. The events are games and life skills of past generations to test their hunting and survival skills. They also increase strength, endurance, activity, and balance the mind and body. Anyone who is 7th to 12th grade can participate even though they are not native. The games are called stick pull, one arm reach, wrist carry, foot high kick, kneel jump, scissors broad jump, seal hop, foot high kick, arm pull, and Alaskan high kick. These activities are easier if you really put your mind to it.

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