Throat singing gets a modern twist
With events like "knuckle hop", "ear pull" and "sledge jump", the Arctic Winter Games are more than just another international athletic competition. The best of the North compete in ancient native games alongside hockey and curling as part of the biannual event. The Games began in 1970 as a way for folks living north of the 55th parallel to compete on their own turf. It has since evolved into a sporting and cultural extravaganza where throat singers and dog mushers help preserve the distinct northern way of life.
Program: The World This Weekend
Broadcast Date: March 17, 2002
Guest(s): Sylvia Cloutier
Reporter: Patricia Bell
Last updated: September 24, 2014
Page consulted on September 24, 2014
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