According to Reggie Joule, a winner of ten gold medals at the WEIO
, the Blanket Toss is a lot like life.
Dance groups, athletes and Miss WEIO contestants parade into the event center while rhythms and strains from drummers and singers fill the air.
He described the caring attitude shown by WEIO participants.
And the Miss WEIO contestants respect one another for who they are.
About 1,000 to 1,500 athletes and visitors attend the event each night during WEIO, he said.
Since 1961, the WEIO
has been a venue for Indigenous peoples to compete in traditional athletic games and to celebrate through pageants and dances.
But with the 40th anniversary games this month in Fairbanks, where the games officially started, the remarkable part is the remaining spirit and enduring connection among athletes and families who have gathered from circumpolar areas since long before the WEIO
became an annual event.
The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO
) is held in town each July.