World Eskimo-Indian Olympics kick off

Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) July 2012

The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics are kicking off in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ( ) says this year’s WEIO begins and features four days of Native games and dance performances and the coronation of Miss WEIO.

Athletes from throughout Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48 usually participate in the event.

WEIO features events from the muktuk eating contest to the excruciating ear pull and ear weight events.

Cultural groups from throughout the state put on dance performances each evening.