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Two-foot High Kick

Two-foot high kick is an Indigenous Arctic physical game in which participants attempt to kick a suspended object (usually a ball) with two feet and successfully land on both feet. Participants jump, thrust both feet high in the air to strike the suspended ball without falling backwards, and land on both feet without losing their balance. In competitions, participants are given with three kicks and the highest attempt is recorded. Although this is a competitive sport in the Arctic Games and Masters Indigenous Games, it is often practiced informally for pleasure, pride, and competition. At competitive levels, athletes can kick a ball suspended 2.7m 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?

Two-foot high kick was created by the Iñupiat peoples of Alaska, from whom it spread to Inuit peoples living in 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, two-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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