Honoring their past with sports

Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Young athletes from around the state met at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena last weekend for the annual Native Youth Olympics, a three-day sporting event that involves games derived from the training needed to prepare for subsistence hunting and fishing. In the top photo: Moses Cleland of Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka competes Friday in the one-hand reach, where competitors balance on one hand, lift their legs off the floor, then use theirother hand to reach for a seal-skin ball suspended in the air.Cleland was attempting to reach a ball 56 inches off the floor. In the bottom photo: Kinka Parker of Mount Edgecumbe competesin Saturday's one-foot high kick event and is trying to kick a ball60 inches off the floor.

The one-foot high kick was used as a wayfor Eskimo whalers to signal distant villagers that their boathad struck a whale and to let the village know that people will be needed to help beach the whale so it can be butchered.

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