Let the Arctic Games Begin!

Every two years, the circumpolar regions of the northern hemisphere, including Nunavik, Nunavut, Greenland, Alaska, NWT, the Sami people of the Scandinavian countries and the indigenous peoples of northern Russia compete at the arctic winter games.

At school, April 10th was designated Arctic Games Day. The games consist of events which promote skill, endurance and strength required for a hunting society, such as sledge jumping, long-arm reach, and high kicking. Some of the events as depicted on posters require the skills of a yoga master and gymnast, as in trying to kick at a small object balancing on one arm.

The students, depending on their ages, had simplified versions. The kids were divided into teams from all age groups and their goal was to obtain their personal best.

I had the long-arm reach station, which required laying on your stomach, legs bent, hands behind your back, and then swatting at a stuffed seal with one hand. The results were tabulated and posted. Apparently, a member of the community has represented Nunavik at the official games.

I thought that being enclosed in a gymnasium with a hundred plus kids for a full day and the accompanying noise was not something I would enjoy, but I actually had a great time. At the end of the day I was pretty hoarse though.

Here is a link to the official Arctic Winter Games.  This year they were held in Alaska.




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