The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics was held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks last week. Several people from the Y-K Delta placed at WEIO.
The title of Miss WEIO was awarded to twenty-one year old Chanda Simon of Fairbanks. She is the daughter of Chris Simon from Huslia and Letha Chimegalria Simon of Bethel. Chanda Simon lived in Bethel for about a year, and summered in the Kuskokwim numerous times with her family to participate in subsistence activities. She is half Yup’ik and half Athabascan.
Meanwhile twenty-four year old Bethel resident Alessa Poe, and current Miss Camai, was given the title of Miss Congeniality at the Miss WEIO pageant. Poe received the title after a vote by her fellow contestants.
Traditionally, the person who earns the title of Miss Camai goes on to compete in the Miss WEIO pageant. Poe said she’d known about the Miss Camai pageant for a while, and only decided a week before the festival to compete.
Sporting competitions tied to Alaskan Native culture is a major feature of WEIO, and a couple of Kuskokwim area residents placed high in the ranks.
Christian Paul of Kipnuk won first place in the Knuckle Hop and Krystle Lincoln of Bethel, daughter of Kelly and Greg Lincoln, earned second place in the Women’s Blanket toss.
Four New World Records were also set in this year’s event, with Nick Hanson of Unalakleet reaching a distance of 36′ 7″ in the men’s
Scissor Broad Jump.
Bernard Clark from Wasilla reached a new high of 70″ in the men’s One Hand Reach.
Matthew Sido Evans traveled the furthest distance ever in the Four Man Carry, going 241′ 7″.
Erica Meckel of Fairbanks and Autumn Ridley of Anchorage both tied the 30-year record in the women’s Alaskan Style One-Foot Hick Kick with an 84″ effort.
And Marjorie Tahbone of Nome also set a new world record in the Fish Cutting event, finishing her cuts in just 30.58 seconds.
For full report of results for this year, click here.