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Paris, shmaris … the best games happen in Fairbanks

by The 100 Companies

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics arrive July 13-16 with games that “display the preparedness one needed for survival,” when seal hunters had to be strong and endure pain in -60 degree temps. Challenges include:

Ear pull – Ear “tug of war” between two contestants, stamina against pain is tested, reminiscent of withstanding the brutal conditions of the North.

One- and two-foot-high kick – Reenacts a messenger who’d run to the village and kick both feet into the air to signal a whale catch.

Kneel jump – This showcases quickness and control, as needed during ice hunting. Daytime attendance is free; evening tickets are $10-$15.

– Eve Lederman, The 100 Companies

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