What traditional games do participants compete in at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics?

Every year, at the end of July, Fairbanks, Alaska, hosts the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, an event that draws Inuit and Indian athletes from throughout the state. The participants compete in traditional games and contests, including:

The Ear Pull: A three-foot-long loop of string is placed around the right ear of two competitors sitting on the floor. Each pulls back in a tug-of-war to try to force the string to slip off of his or her opponent’s ear.

Drop the Bomb: Competitors lie facedown on the floor, stretching out their arms and legs. Teams of three men then lift each about a foot off the ground and carry him or her along a measured path. The winner is the competitor whose body remains stiff for the longest distance.

what traditional games do participants compete in at the world eskimo indian olympics

The Knuckle Hop: As if doing a push-up, competitors rest their knuckles and toes on the floor. In this position, they hop forward, trying to travel farther than their opponents.

A determined contestant competes in the knuckle hop event at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks, Alaska. The annual four-day games test skill, strength, and endurance in a variety of Inuit sports passed down from one generation to the next.

The games were relocated to Anchorage, Alaska in 2007.

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