Traditional Arctic peoples’ existence was by no means a purely survival way of life. They had their own justice system, dances, music, spiritual beliefs and forms of recreation. The games were usually played for fun but could become competitive upon occasion. The skills called for endurance and strength and varied from various types of kicks to pulling and wrestling activities. They were particularly popular in winter when Inuit gathered in larger numbers and enjoyed sports, drum-dancing and other recreational activities to provide a break from the harsh lives they were faced with daily. Like so many societies in the world, they also enjoyed playing string games, a method of amusing themselves by passing on stories, competing and teaching their culture to the young. Many of these activities are still enjoyed today.
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