David Thomas, an athlete, record holder and official for the Native Youth Olympics demonstrates the Seal Hop at Port Graham school this past week. Thomas, 23, of Palmer visited area schools teaching audiences the link from games to cultural survival skills relating to today's challenges.
The Seal Hop was a hunting game practiced in the arctic during the winter to be ready to mimic seals lying on the ice. The games were to learn to endure pain and mimic a seal's sound hopping along ice on their knuckles as the harpoon was held in their hand. Adult men use their knuckles for this event, young boys curl their fingers and girls use their flat hands.
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