Thursday, May 19, 2005

Eskimo Teen Wins Snowboard Championships

Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, a 15 year old Eskimo native from Alaska has won the Junior Olympic Snowboard Championships in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Yupik Eskimo teen is now competing in the 2005 Junior World Championships in Switzerland. Former Olympic skiier Suzie Chafee, who supports native ski teams, supports a remark made by Tex Hall, president of the National Congress of American Indians: "Indian youth sports opportunities are the answer." As an example of this success, officials point to Arizona's White Mountain Apache tribes. They opened two ski resorts three decades ago, and the slopes has done wonders their tribes and their people. "It had everything to do with skiing,” said Chairman Dallas Massey. "Skiing is the number one motivate of our youth [then rodeo], and prevents alcohol abuse if we can reach our children early enough." The Squamish Nation of BC Canada have also started snowboard and skiing programs of their own with the local ski resorts.

See Free Spirit Gallery Eskimo Art for treasures from the north.

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