World Eskimo-Indian Olympics
Each summer, Fairbanks is home to the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, a series of traditional Alaska Native competitions of mental and physical toughness that started in 1961. This four-day event attracts Indigenous athletes from across the north who display amazing athletic abilities in contests like the Alaska High Kick, the Nalukataq (blanket toss), the scissors broad jump, the two-foot high kick, one hand reach, seal hop, ear pull, knee jump, and many more and Eskimo stick pull. There's also dancing and cultural performances in traditional regalia. Thousands of athletes, families, and friends – as well as visitors – gather each summer in Fairbanks to watch the games.
Please note: this event takes place in mid-June. 2023 dates have not been finalized.
Photo Credit: World Eskimo-Indian Olympics