World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO), Alaska’s most prominent indigenous games, is kicking off its 58th year in 2019. The annual gathering will be held in Fairbanks from July 17-20, 2019. It features indigenous athletic games such as the knuckle hop and ear pull, designed to test the speed, agility and endurance of these professional athletes.
In addition to athletic competitions, WEIO has a dance festival and invites dance groups to share their craft. The festival also features the annual Miss WEIO competition. WEIO promotes cultures from Alaska and Greenland, as well as Siberian, Canadian Inuit and Native American traditions.