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Like all cultures, the Native Alaskans had many sports and games that were unique to their various groups.  At the link below, you will find 34 different Alaskan sports and games that you may want to try. Each one of the sports has instructions regarding number of players, materials and procedures. Look through the list and give a few a try. Who knows, you just may find a new favorite game!


Did you know that former President Obama can do a traditional Alaskan dance?  

He sure can! Barack Obama watched a traditional Yup’ik dance group perform four dances at a Middle School in Dillingham, Alaska on Sept. 2, 2015. Obama first watched the performance, then got up and danced with the group. Take a look at the action at the link below.

How was he able to learn it so quickly? Well, the dance he participates in is just a series of repeated movements. Watch the video again and take note of the different movements. Then, see if you can do them too. Consider matching the same movements with a song from your own culture.

Write a review of one of the sports or games you tried. Rename it to something more modern. Then create a game piece, game board or equipment that can be used with the game.

Don’t forget to place this completed activity/product into the pocket of your white Journey into Reading envelope.

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