Alaska Olympic Games pay homage to hunting, survival skills

By Mark Thiessen Anchorage Daily News Special to Turtle Island News JUNEAU, Alaska – To most spectators, the term “Olympics’’ means world-class swimming competitions, downhill skiing or the 100-meter dash. But near the Arctic Circle, a different type of Olympics for young people pays homage to the region’s subsistence hunters and the methods they’ve used for centuries to feed their families and stay alive in harsh conditions. This week, more than 400 high school students from across Alaska will gather in Anchorage for the Native Youth Olympics state championships, where 10 events will test their strength, endurance and agility. The games include the Seal Hop, where competitors bounce for as long as they can on their knuckles and toes, mimicking the act of sneaking up on a sleeping seal; the…

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