The (World Eskimo-Indian) Games have begun
The four-man carry is but one of several competitions at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, which runs through Saturday.
July 21st, 2011
09:06 AM ET

The (World Eskimo-Indian) Games have begun

[Update] The games are in full sway in Fairbanks, Alaska, home of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, featuring some of the most awesome, and unusual, competitions you've likely never heard of.

The event, in its 50th year, is centered around competitions based on techniques and activities tied to surviving in the Arctic.

There’s the four-man carry, the blanket toss and even an ear-pulling competition.

The event is billed as a four-day celebration of Eskimo culture and games, according to the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics website. The games' logo, six interlocked rings, represents Alaska's six major tribes – Aleut, Athabascan, Haida, Inupiaq, Tlingit, Tsimpsian and Yup'ik  - the website said.

The games run through Saturday.

"It was a really, really good year," Nicole Johnson, chairwoman of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics board of governors, a nonprofit panel that runs the games, told CNN. "We got done about 2:30 this morning (Sunday)," she said.

Ninety-year-old Poldine Carlo is this year’s keeper of the flame, er, seal oil lamp, which is traditionally lit by the winner of the Race of the Torch, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.

“I think it’s wonderful when all of the Native people get together each year,” Carlo told the News-Miner. “This year, it’s missing some people my age. It’s kind of sad in a way when you think of that, but on the other hand, you’re happy, too, for the new people,” she was quoted as saying.

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