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World Eskimo-Indian Olympics kicks off in Fairbanks

Alaska Dispatch

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) will begin Wednesday July 18 in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Carlson Center will host the esteemed four-day event that attracts Native athletes from across North America.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, WEIO is the largest Native games gathering in the world. The games feature unique events such as the ear pull, seal skinning, the blanket toss and traditional evening dance performances, as well as the coronation of Miss WEIO.

WEIO runs through July 21 and there are two sessions each day: morning and evening. The morning session starts at 10 a.m and goes to 4 p.m; admission is free. The evening session starts at 6 p.m and runs until the schedule is finished, often around 10 p.m. but sometimes much later. Evening sessions are $10 for adults and $8 for children.  

For more information, visit the WEIO's website or check out the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner's coverage here.