Rondy Blanket Toss


by Stevie French

ANCHORAGE - Fur Rendezvous is full of unique attractions, but one in particular requires event-goers to give a helping hand.

The Nalukataq, or Blanket Toss has been a part of Alaska Native culture for centuries.

"People think its like a trampoline, its absolutely nothing like a trampoline" said Nicole Johnston, Chair on the Board of Governors for the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. "The pullers that surround the blanket really have to work together. It really teaches [them] the value of working together and community."

Originating in whaling communities, the blanket toss stood to celebrate a successful whaling season. It continues today, encouraging those at Rondy to remember the values of Native culture, including community, strength and survival.

The blankets are made from walrus hide and the blanket used in this year's festivities is more than 50 years old. Allowing visitors and participants to experience the contrasting of old and new in a truly Alaskan way.

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