Students practice for this weekend’s Native Olympics

Paul Marks II demonstrates the one foot high kick in preparation for the Native Olympics. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)

Paul Marks II demonstrates the one foot high kick in preparation for the Native Olympics. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)

The University of Alaska Southeast will be hosting the Native Olympics this Saturday at the UAS Recreation Center. Yesterday, as preparation for the competition, representatives from the University and the community organized a demonstration of the events.

Quentin Simeon

One of the demonstration’s leaders and UAS academic advisor Quentin Simeon says students will participate in several of the native games.

“The Eskimo stick pull, the Indian stick pull, the wrist carry, the scissor broad jump, the one foot high kick, the two foot high kick, the Alaskan high kick, leg wrestling, Indian leg wrestling, so those are the main ones we’re going to be highlighting on Saturday.”

Ricardo Worl

Fellow demonstration leader Ricardo Worl hopes people will attend so they can learn about the games’ significance.

“They originated from the northern part of Alaska probably more than 2,000 years ago. The Eskimo and Indian people from the interior of Alaska created a series of games to teach their kids important survival skills.”





Simeon says onlookers will see a unique kind of contest.

“They help each other. It’s a different flavor of competition and so even if you’re like running head to head with somebody you will see that they will share their experiences, they will give each other advice, they will say you were running too fast when you were going up for that kick so you’re floating. You can see that competition, but it’s camaraderie at the same time, and it’s just a beautiful thing to see with the kids.”

The games begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the UAS Recreation Center.

Recent headlines

  • Computer problems for some - extended coffee break for others: Some employees of the Dept. of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Financial Services Division in the State Office Building in Juneau drink coffee near their disabled computers March 22, 2017. The workers, who chose to not be identified, said that some computers were working while others were not as a result of a statewide technical problem within the state's system. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

    Software update locks thousands of state workers out of computers

    Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
  • The top of the Raven Shark totem pole lies in Totem Hall at Sitka National Historical Park. (Photo by Emily Russell/KCAW)

    After 30 years, Raven Shark pole back in Sitka

    The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
  • Longtime leader Rosita Worl to leave Sealaska board

    One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
  • U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks to reporters in one of the Senate’s more ornate rooms. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)

    Murkowski at odds with Trump’s call to end NEA funding

    President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.