I was just sitting here triing to figure out what to blog about, when reviewing my previous posts I realized we never saw or discussed the games I went to at Christmas.
This event was held on Dec 27th by the Land Holding Corporation. It started around 7:00 with the childrens games and went until 2:00 am (or so I'm told, I took off around midnight). There were many prizes given away including 2 ski-doo's.
The first picture was of a charming little girl named Tuunu, that followed me around all night, plaing peek-a- boo and touch the new white guy, until around 11:30 when her Mom caught her. I'm not sure if her Mom though I was a wierdo for having tickle fights with her, or if she thought the girl was bothering me, but I didn't see her again after that.
The second picture was of a adult game held around 11:00 pm, where all the adults sat in a large (and ever decreasing circle). Several sets of dice worked there way around the circle and a caller announded which number would be eliminated. You roll the number, you leave the circle. It started with about 400 people and lasted about twenty minutes "till there was one".
The third picture is of two little guys who found it to be great fun to pretend they were frogs and hop towards the new Kabloona till he could get close enough to tickle them, then they would run away and do the whole thing again. They quickly lost interest in the whole game though, after about 90 minutes of the hop game they hopped along to someone else.
The fourth picture depicts your average wheel barrow race. All the boys groups engaged in this game. They had to make seemingly endless (8 I think laps of the entire gym), I was exhausted watching all the laps. The games for children all had several events. This was usually the last event.
The fifth picture shows a new game to me. All the children involved would go to the center of the arena and when the caller said a number they would have to form groups of that number then sit down after they were counted. This event involved the most frantic hugging I think I have ever seen. The adults (I think it was the single adults, but can't be sure, my Inuktituk needs work) also played this, but with harder numbers when they went after 17 it really turned silly, the counters couldn't count the groups as they kept moving, people just kept joining and leaving at random. I think eventually the counters just go sick of the whole thing and started telling 'em to sit down just to get on with it.
The sixth picture was anaother boys event, which I know as Russian Bear dancing. It was amazing to see the young people performing so well at this difficult action. which is apparently a difficult action to get a good photo of. Everytime I took a shot, the guy closest to me always fell in the shot, but trust me this was pretty fast and intensive action.
Interestingly, all the boys events seemed to be focused towards speed and strenght with a strong empasis placed on winning, whereas the girls events seemed to focus on endurance and completeing the event rather than winning.