May 21, 2018 Native Youth Olympics 2018 Highlights Photos by Jamey Bradbury. The Indian stick pull represents grabbing a slippery salmon. It was used traditionally to develop hand and arm strength. The one-hand reach tests control of the athlete’s body and balance. The Eskimo stick pull is a contest of sheer strength and determination. The blanket toss originated with an Iñupiaq hunter being tossed in the air, enabling him to see across the horizon to hunt game. The Alaskan high kick requires the athlete to jump off both feet simultaneously, kicking a ball with any part of one foot, and returning to the floor maintaining balance on the kicking foot. The seal hop is a variation of the Inuit knuckle hop, which was used traditionally as a game of endurance and stamina, and for sneaking up on a seal, mimicking the mammal’s movement on the ice.