2017 North American Indigenous Games Hosted in Major City

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The biggest cultural meet-up of indigenous people in the northern hemisphere happens annually at the North American Indigenous Games.

This year, the games were held in Canada where Native American athletes hailing predominantly from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes made their way to compete in games. Roughly 19 teams from North America were geared to participate, including Team Colorado which comprises of 60 athletes

There is a medley of games involved, just like track and field, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, and archery, for instance. Most athletes also represent the high schools in which they’re enrolled.

According to the Durango Herald, it was an exciting occasion, as it’s the first time the competition is actually held in a major metropolitan area. The chef de mission also said that it was a chance for athletes to get to know other cultures and see new things.

In addition to gaming, an emphasis is placed on highlighting the Indigenous culture and to make this goal a reality, three villages planned to exhibit cultural pride.

To participate, an entry fee of $220 is required to cover lodging and transport.  The expense is covered by each athlete, but where possible, the tribes usually help their representing parties.

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