Games of the North: Playing for Survival

Four Inuit athletes travel throughout Alaska competing in the ancestral games of strength. Acrobatic and explosive, these sports are vital for survival in the frigid, hostile Arctic. As waves of change sweep across their traditional lands, their role is stronger than ever.

For thousands of years, traditional Inuit sports have been vital for survival within the unforgiving Arctic. Acrobatic and explosive, these ancestral games evolved to strengthen mind, body and spirit within the community. Following four modern Inuit athletes reveals their unique relationship to the games as they compete across the North. As unprecedented change sweeps across their traditional lands, their stories illuminate the importance of the games today.

In 1998, Stanton founded Starseed Media Inc., a creative multimedia organization committed to producing content that weaves together traditional and emerging forms of media.

Steven Alvarez is a percussionist, vocalist, stage actor, and film and stage producer. Heholds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education (Voice and Percussion) and History, with a minor in Philosophy, from San Jose State University.

 
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