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The blanket toss: An uplifting experience

By Heather Hintze 9:51 PM July 18, 2014
FAIRBANKS –

One competition at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics had athletes flying high.

Thursday night the men competed in the first rounds of the blanket toss. They stood on an old walrus-skin blanket while dozens of pullers got them into a good rhythm. Then they soared into the air.

The blanket toss has two traditional uses. One is to get a person high on the horizon so they can spot a whale or caribou. It’s also used for holiday celebrations where the person getting tossed up flings candy and gifts to spectators. Competitors say it’s an “uplifting” experience.

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