Iditarod Fast-Fact: Sports in Nome

Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Iditarod, Iditarod Fast-Facts | 0 comments

Before the Iditarod dog sled race came to Nome, residents there would have been cheering for an entirely different type of sport.

The region of Alaska where Nome is located is largely territory of the Inupiat people, a group of native Americans who hunted and fished for a living. Even today, the majority of Nome residents are Inupiats.

But what did they Inupiat people like to do for fun in the pre-Iditarod days? They played high-kick ball, a game where particpiants tried kick a ball tied to a rope as it was raised higher and higher.

Learn more about the sport, and see an actual high-kick ball here.

View more Iditarod Fast-Facts here.

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