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Alaskan High Kick

Alaskan high kick is an Indigenous Arctic physical game in which participants kick a suspended ball and land on the same foot. Participants being by sitting on the floor and grabbing their non-dominant foot with their opposite hand. They then thrust their dominant foot high in the air to kick the ball, which is suspended from a pole, and attempt to land on the same foot with which they kicked. The main difficulty does not lie in kicking the suspended object, but rather landing on the same foot without losing balance. Although this is a competitive sport in the Arctic Games and Masters Indigenous Games, it is often practiced informally for pleasure, pride, and competition. Competitive athletes can kick a ball that has been suspended at over 2.5m above the ground.

Is this activity known by any other names?

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

The Alaskan high kick was created by the Iñupiat peoples of Alaska, from where it gained popularity among the Inuit peoples of present-day Arctic Canada.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds, typically of Inuit heritage.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the GTA, one-foot high kick occurs at Indigenous cultural festivals and multi-sport competitions. It may also be taught in physical education classes or practiced informally as a playground game.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Masters Indigenous Games

Cultural Significance

One foot high kick is a significant form of Indigenous Arctic physical culture, particularly for Inuit peoples, and is often practiced at events that celebrate Indigenous culture.

Is there anything else we should know?

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Physical Game
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