Games of the North

Enduring Understandings

The traditional competitions that are now held in the Far North originally taught survival skills. Today those same competitions teach life skills while grounding youth in Alaska's indigenous cultures. 

Students will:

1. LEARN ten different indigenous games which originally helped teach survival skills for life in the Arctic.

2. EXPLORE the concepts of preserving traditions and different ways of sharing and passing on knowledge to others.

3. ANALYZE the connection between the survival skills of the indigenous people of the Far North and students' own challenges.

4. APPLY the concepts of survival and fortitude to their own lives.

What good was a seal spotted far away on the ice at break-up if the hunter, needing to get close, lacked the agility, timing and strength to jump from one ice floe to another?