Petersburg places first at 2023 Traditional Games


Photo courtesy of Jaime Cabral

Madelyn Dreisbach is launched into the air during the blanket toss at the Traditional Games.

Over 200 people from across Alaska, the Lower 48, and Canada converged on Thunder Mountain High School last weekend to compete in the 2023 Traditional Games where Petersburg's team took first place overall in the middle school division.

The Traditional Games, also referred to as the Native Youth Olympics, is an annual competition put on by Coach Kyle Kaayák'w Worl and Sealaska Heritage Institute composed of events based on hunting and survival skills of the Indigenous peoples of Alaska and the Arctic.

According to Sealaska, the spirit of the games is "to work together toward common goals a...

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