Native Youth Olympics begin at Dena'ina

Anchorage Daily NewsApril 26, 2012 

Three days worth of seal hopping, stick pulling and high kicking comes to the Dena'ina Center this weekend.

The annual Native Youth Olympics begin with opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., followed by the first competition of the weekend -- the kneel jump.

More than 500 kids under the age of 18 will vie for crowns in traditional Native sports that test strength, agility and skills. Also on tap are traditional Native dances, a blanket toss demonstration and a pilot bread recipe contest.

The events runs through Sunday. Admission is free.

Native Youth Olympics

Dena'ina Center

Schedule highlights

Friday

9:30 a.m. -- opening ceremonies

10:30 -- kneel jump

11:30 -- demonstration of Native games

1 p.m. -- wrist carry

3:30 -- Alaskan high kick

Saturday

9 a.m. -- Eskimo stick pull

11:30 -- Tlingit and Haida dances

12:30 p.m. -- toe kick

2:30 -- one-hand reach

4:30 -- two-foot high kick

Sunday

11 a.m. -- Indian stick pull

Noon -- Pilot bread recipe contest

12:30 p.m. -- one-foot high kick

3 p.m. -- seal hop

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service