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10TuesdayMarch52013TheThebachaLoppetOrganizingCommitteewouldliketothanktheollowingortheirsupportandhelpinmakingthe2013ThebachaLoppetthebiggestandbestyetWehopetoseeyouallnextyearorour40thanniversarySmithsLandingFirstNationIndustryTourismandInvestmentENRForestManagementCABConstructionTownoFortSmithNorthwesternAirLeaseDepartmentoHighwaysRiverRidgeJefDixonDonTrueJunevaGreenLauraAubreyMagloirePauletteBillMawdsleyJeanMorinKarlCoxStuMacMillanLanceMcMahonOwenMacDonaldRonHoltorJanieHobartLauraineArmstrongRichardDaitchAndtoallthepeoplewhopitchedintohelpwithbakingandthemanyothertaskswethankyou.FirstTraditionalGameschampscelebratecultureByRENEFRANCOEURChildrenaged10-12fromacrosstheNorthwestTerrito-riesgatheredinYellowknifeovertheweekendtopartakeintherstTraditionalGamesChampionshipspresentedbytheAboriginalSportCircleoftheNWTASCNWT.Thechampionshipsfea-turedveInuitgamesandveDenegameswiththeoverallgoalofincreasingAboriginalculturalaware-nessamongyouthinanen-tertainingway.Wewantthekidstograsptheculturalimpor-tanceofthingslikethesegamesunderstandthetra-ditionsandcarrythemon.Wewantthesekidstogrowwiththechampionshipsbe-cometheambassadorsofitasitgrowsmoreandmoreeachyearhopefullyAS-CNWTprogrammanagerDerekSquirrelsaid.Roughly150childrenparticipatedmakingup18teamsspanning22NWTcommunities.TraditionalDenegamesin-cludedstickpullsnowsnakespearballpolepushandhandgames.Inuitgamesfeaturedone-foothighkicktwo-foothighkickwristhangcaribouskippingandtheanimalmuklaughinggame.Theanimalmuklaugh-inggamekickedoffthetournamentduringThurs-daysopeningceremonieswhichinvolvedInuvialuitdrummersfromtheNorth-ernGamesSocietyandthelightingofasymbolicfirethatburnedallweek-endlong.Theanimalmukgameisasocialgamewhereeveryoneisputintoteamsonepersonisinthecentreandhastomakeotherslaughbymakinganimalsounds.IfyoulaughyoulosebasicallySquirrelexplained.FortSmithsJosephB.Tyr-rellelementaryschoolteamwastheoverallchampion-shipwinnernishingtheplayoffseriesoftraditionalgameswiththemostpointsatotalof83.AteamfromFortResolu-tioncameinsecondfollowedbyYellowknifesWilliamMcDonaldmiddleschool.AcommunityteamfromNor-manWellscameinfourth.ManyofthegamestestforenduranceandstrengthlikethewristhangSquir-relsaid.Gameslikethesnowsnaketellstoriesabouttraditionalhuntingpractices.Thiswasahuntingtech-niquebeforetherewereguns.Intheearlymorningwhenacaribouwasoutlyinginthesnowthehunterswouldthrowaweaponpointedatoneendthroughthesnowandtrytowoundthecari-bou.Youhadtobeaccu-ratefast...Thatwasawayoflifeamatterofsurvivalbackthen.SlowlyitturnedintoagameandwashandeddownthroughtheeldersSquirrelsaid.OverthepasttwoyearsASCNWTanon-protded-icatedtopromotingcom-munitywellnessthroughsportsandrecreationhashostedtraditionalgamesworkshopsforboysandgirlsaged10-12invariousNWTcommunities.Itwastimetostartsomethingbignowthatwedbeentothecommu-nitiesontheirownwewantedtobringevery-onetogether.Theresallthesesupersoccereventsandcagers.WewantedtodothatwithtraditionalgamesSquirrelsaid.Nextyearwewanttohavemoreagegroupsandeventuallyhaveall33com-munitiesparticipating.Around150youthfrom22communitiestookpartintherstTraditionalGamesChampionshipsinYellowknifeovertheweekendwithFortSmithsJBTElementarySchoolcomingoutontopwithatotalof83points.PhotoJamesMackenzieFormoreinformationpleasecontactBrendaTuckeyat867-621-2736.SportsRecreationTraditionalGames