In Fairbanks, the Native Alaska community is all around us. The "locals" are Athabascans, but there are a fair number of Native Alaskans from the Eskimo regions (turquoise and yellow on the map) that live here as well.
This weekend we hosted Natives from throughout Alaska, Canada and Greenland to participate in the WEIO, long-established games highlighting balance, agility, endurance and survival skills. Just a few of the events are shown below.
Knuckle Hop: A game that tests strength and tolerance of pain, the object is to see how far a competitor can go in a push-up position, with elbows bent and knuckles down. The only parts of the body touching the floor are knuckles and toes. From the position, the participant hops forward as far as possible keeping the back straight and elbows bent.